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Marks And Spencer Group Plc LSE:MKS London Ordinary Share GB0031274896 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -5.85 -3.79% 148.60 148.25 148.45 155.65 147.75 155.65 16,143,384 16:35:03
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 9,155.7 -209.4 -10.1 - 2,903

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26/3/2021
08:08
Retail sales rose 2.1% in February, recovering some ground from a steep fall in January. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said sales were still down by 3.7% on a year earlier, before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Food and department stores benefitted from essential retailers remaining open, it said, though clothing shops continued to struggle. Online sales continued to grow and hit a record 36.1% of all UK sales. Jonathan Athow, ONS deputy national statistician for economic statistics said that despite national restrictions, "retail sales partially recovered from the hit they took in January" when they fell by 8.2%. He said mixed stores,including retailers such as B&M Bargains and Wilko,which were allowed to stay open as they sold some foodstuffs, had benefitted, with budget-end department stores increasing sales. Mr Athow said anecdotal evidence from retailers suggested people had been spending on home improvements and on outdoor furniture, as people prepared for lockdown easing, which will allow gatherings in gardens againin England and Northern Ireland next week. Scotland and Wales already have already eased rules about outdoor mixing. Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56534985
debsdowner
26/3/2021
07:47
7:23amOnline sales hit record high While most high street shops remained shut during February, online sales soared – hitting record highs.The proportion spent online increased to 36.1pc in February, the ONS said, the highest on record. This compared with 35.2pc in January 2021 and 20.0pc reported in February 2020.7:06amRetail sales rise 2.1pc in February Retails sales in the UK bounced back in February after a steep decline during the beginning of the third national lockdown in January. Sales rose 2.1pc when compared with the 8.2pc in the previous month, but were still down 3.7pc on a year earlier before the pandemic properly hit. The Office for National Statistics says: Non-food stores provided the largest positive contribution to the monthly growth in February 2021 sales volumes, aided by strong increases of 16.2pc and 16.1pc in department stores and household goods stores respectively.Clothing retailers reported the largest fall, of 50.4pc, in sales volumes when compared with February 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic; automotive fuel stores also reported a large annual decline of 26.5pc  as travel restrictions continued to hit sales in that sector.... Daily Telegraph
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26/3/2021
07:46
7:34am'Brighter days ahead for retailers'Commenting on this morning's numbers, Lynda Petherick, head of retail, Accenture UK and Ireland, says: A dire January capped off what's been a rocky year for retailers, to put it mildly. Finally though, thanks in large part to the impressive vaccine rollout so far, February's figures show early signs that there are brighter days ahead for retailers.However, we are still a long way off from recovering to numbers compared to this time last year. With the April reopening date for non-essential retail still on the cards, retailers will be planning how they can make the most of pent-up consumer demand this spring and beyond. If the last year has shown us anything, it's that consumers are willing to embrace e-commerce wholeheartedly when deprived of physical retail, which has been especially evident in this month's record-breaking online expenditure.While we expect this shift online to outlast the pandemic, catering for the increased demand for physical stores is also crucial. Brands will have to think carefully about how they factor in the different channels to their future strategies to make sure all customer needs are met, combining a safe and engaging in-store experience with an advanced digital offer. Those that are slow off the mark now will find it harder to catch up later.... Daily Telegraph
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26/3/2021
00:07
High Streets: 'Catastrophic blow' as business rates appeals denied https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56529902
philanderer
25/3/2021
16:59
Hi QANTAS I am fair to middling as they say have had my first jab so feel better for that. I havent heard off robot for some time and not checked where else he posts. I miss robots humour and poety I hope he pops in soon. Hope you are doing OK QANTAS and keeping well, have yoou a position here and what are your views? I have mixed views myself pending more news.
debsdowner
25/3/2021
14:42
debsdowner and Robot how are you?
qantas
25/3/2021
11:57
pdsulivan Not neccesarily the Mail says the closure of John Lewis will have a domono effect meaning lss consu,mers will go into shops as footfall drops sharply Https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9401207/Covid-lockdown-UK-Shellshocked-business-leaders-say-closure-John-Lewis-stores-devastating.html The High Streeti is already suffering from low footfall and some thought once lockdown ended things would return to normal but that wont happen. With less physical shops around the public wont be bothered to go into town and face high parking fees, when they can stay at home and order online. More store closures will follow and more business will move out of town and go online.
debsdowner
25/3/2021
11:28
Presumably M&S will pick up some useful market share from the latest reduction in the John Lewis estate.
pdosullivan
25/3/2021
11:14
RogerRail Time will tell but to add to the news above in relation to Nationwide, Santander to close 100 branches Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56522428 There will be very little on the High Street soon as more and more business will work online and more and more people will order online. There is no need to visit shops in towns and that will affect shops trade. As the retailers provide more information in respect of products online that will improve the visula impact in selling goods. Very few people will go into shops once open and the cost of running large shops is too high. This is why John Lewis are have announced 16 store closures and even the rest are at risk. The High Street is almost finished will never be the same again. I suspect MARKS will havee to close far more stores than they have already announced and it will be at significant cost. The only winners will be Supermarkets in the short term, but racks of rails of clothes days are finished.
debsdowner
25/3/2021
09:34
Nationwide tells 13,000 staff they can work anywhere and lots of staff will choose to work from home, which is a further blow to the High Street Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56510574 There will be no popping in to the instore caffe's at MARKS and to pick up the odd bit of lunch or things they have forgotte, online is here forever. With John Lewis not being able to make money with big stores and Debenhams now suffered the same fate its questionable whether MARKS will havr to do more and close stores. I did think the more store closures would mean the ones who were left would pick up busioness but the significant costs running a large store hitting margins. If John Lewis couldnt make a decent margin when some of its stores were being subsidised by a council its not at all good.
debsdowner
25/3/2021
09:14
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johnwise
25/3/2021
09:12
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johnwise
25/3/2021
08:43
Towns pay the price for John Lewis's short-sighted and hurried expansionEight more store closures show how keen chairman Sharon White is to shift sales online - but she may have mistimed her high street retreatBEN MARLOWCHIEF CITY COMMENTATOR24 March 2021 • 6:11pm??Fancy a day out at John Lewis? It wasn't that long ago that a trip to Britain's most venerable department store was a genuine weekend event.These days it's harder, especially for anyone living in Aberdeen, one of eight places that John Lewis is pulling out of. The closure of a handful of department stores may not feel earth-shattering. The disappearance of other national chains such as Debenhams and Arcadia has left hundreds of high street premises empty, and an Amazon delivery is just the push of a button away.But for residents of Scotland's third biggest city, it's a blow - the nearest John Lewis store will soon be in Edinburgh. That's a 250-mile round trip - doable in a day if you're desperate but a long journey for some new curtains and a dinner set you didn't really need. ... Daily Telegraph
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24/3/2021
22:00
BBC "John Lewis got an identity crisis" Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56511374
debsdowner
24/3/2021
15:00
Some of the John Lewis stores only paid pepercorn rents so it just shows how bad things are for large stores and MARKS cannot be immune to store closures imo. JL has spent considerable money on some of its stores in fact Birmingham was a flagship store and not been able to make a crust. Https://www.ft.com/content/efd5f095-e887-4d50-93fa-108d7249b6f1 Part of Jl strategy is to seel some of its goods in Waitrose stores but it will have limited shelf or floor space to do so and I supect it will try and do promotions to draw in the public.
debsdowner
24/3/2021
14:10
John Lewis to close eight more stores, putting 1,500 jobs at risk HTTPS://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/24/john-lewis-to-close-eight-more-stores-putting-1500-jobs-at-risk
philanderer
24/3/2021
12:03
JOHN LEWIS to close another 8 stores, this is after the closure of 8 stores announced late last year making 16 store closures will furrther decimate the High Steet Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56511374
debsdowner
24/3/2021
10:23
SOCGEN RAISES MARKS & SPENCER PRICE TARGET TO 161 (154) PENCE - 'HOLD'
philanderer
24/3/2021
10:03
Clothes prices will explode north as soon as shops open and people can go out for meals in the evening in restaurant and pub gardens. 12th April Then a further boom 17th May (when some inside meeting) Then a further boom 21st June (all restrictions lifted)
netcurtains
24/3/2021
10:02
Queues outside Marks, Cardiff. Indicative what will happen more generally.
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24/3/2021
10:01
9:38amUK economy rebounds in MarchThe UK economy rebounded in March, with services activity increasing at the fastest rate since August. IHS Markit's purchasing managers index said the robust performance was fuelled by a rise in new orders for the first time since September 2020, which respondents attributed to a rebound in sales ahead of easing lockdown measures and stronger consumer confidence. Both manufacturing and services came in well ahead of expectations, at 57.9 and 56.8 respectively. Any result above 50 indicates sector expansion. ... Daily Telegraph
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24/3/2021
09:58
Clothes prices plunge as retailers battle through lockdownCheaper food, wine and coffee is also keeping a lid on the cost of living even as petrol prices accelerateByTim Wallace24 March 2021 • 8:26amClothes prices plunged last month as lockdown-stricken retailers ramped up discounting in an effort to entice customers.Women's shoes are now more than one-tenth cheaper than they were a year ago, with clothes not far behind.The drop for men and children is smaller, meaning in total clothes prices in February were down more than 5pc compared with the month before the pandemic struck.It helped keep a lid on the cost of living as annual inflation slowed to 0.4pc last month, according to the Office for National Statistics, down from 0.7pc in January.Food costs also dropped, falling 0.5pc on the year, though that is a slower rate than in the previous three months.... Daily Telegraph
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24/3/2021
09:31
Tui to close another 48 shops Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56489771
debsdowner
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