M&S profits surge to £714m

M&S profits surge to £714m

Marks & Spencer revealed a surge in annual profits today after winning market share in the face of “challenging” high street conditions.

The chain, which runs 600 stores in the UK and Ireland and 300 overseas, posted a 12.9% increase in underlying pre-tax profits of £714m in the year to April 2.

M&S, which sees around 21 million customers pass through its doors every week, said industry figures showed it boosted its clothing market share in the year by 0.5% to 11.7% and food market share by 1% to 3.9%.

Helped by an advertising campaign featuring X-Factor judge Dannii Minogue and former footballer Jamie Redknapp, the retailer has put in a resilient performance over the year despite tough trading conditions which have squeezed many other high street operators.

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