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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
  1.40 0.94% 150.00 149.60 149.90 151.50 147.50 147.50 1,424,669 08:25:08
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 9,155.7 -209.4 -10.1 - 2,930

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15/4/2021
18:46
BBC Marks & Spencer has begun legal action against Aldi, arguing the supermarket's Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake infringes its Colin the Caterpillar trademark. M&S claims that their similarity leads consumers to believe they are of the same standard and "rides on the coat-tails" of M&S's reputation. It lodged an intellectual property claim with the High Court this week. M&S wants Aldi to remove the product from sale and agree not to sell anything similar in the future. The retailer has three trademarks relating to Colin, which it believes means Colin has acquired and retains an enhanced distinctive character and reputation. The food and drinks with trademarked shapes The battle to stop people from copying shapes The product was launched around 30 years ago. Colin's appearance has been substantially unchanged since around 2004, except for adaptations for events such as Halloween and Christmas, and related products such as Connie the Caterpillar. A spokesman said: "Because we know the M&S brand is special to our customers and they expect only the very best from us, love and care goes into every M&S product on our shelves. "So we want to protect Colin, Connie and our reputation for freshness, quality, innovation and value." Colin is central to M&S's partnership with cancer charity Macmillan, and the retailer has created a Colin product for the annual World's Biggest Coffee Morning fundraising event. The cake is a sponge with milk chocolate and buttercream, topped with chocolate sweets and a smiling white chocolate face. M&S was the first retailer to sell a caterpillar cake, but many supermarkets have since created their own similar products. Other cakes include Waitrose's Cecil, Sainsbury's Wiggles, Tesco's Curly, and Asda's Clyde the Caterpillar.
debsdowner
15/4/2021
18:38
Caterpillars in court as M&S sues Aldi over Colin cake ‘lookalikeR17; High street chain lodges intellectual property claim and demands grocer stop selling discount sponge roll It is being billed as the ultimate food fight and could get nasty: Colin the Caterpillar is going to war with lookalike Cuthbert. On Thursday, Marks & Spencer said it had begun legal action against Aldi to “protect”; Colin from the discount grocer’s rival chocolate sponge roll Cuthbert which, for a smaller fee, has been masquerading as Colin at birthday parties and on picnics. With their hard chocolate shells decorated with sweeties and white chocolate grinning faces, it is difficult to tell Colin and Cuthbert apart – until you have had a bite, anyway. M&S argues the similarities mean consumers think they are of the same standard, enabling its cheaper rival – Cuthbert costs £5 while Colin is £7 – to “ride on the coat-tails” of the company’s reputation for high-quality food. Colin the Caterpillar made his debut in 1990 and, with more than 15m cake sales under his belt has, like Rihanna, become known to fans by just his first name. He is also known for his philanthropy, thanks to a tie-up with the cancer charity Macmillan. His fame has led to a number of brand extensions, including his girlfriend (cake) Connie and most recently his branded cake jars, which caused a storm on social media. One wag suggested the pots represented the “rather gross metamorphosis stage between Colin the Caterpillar and Colin the Beautiful Butterfly”. Colin the Caterpillar at 30: how a supermarket cake stole the nation's heart Read more M&S, which has lodged an intellectual property claim with the high court this week, has three trademarks relating to its caterpillar cake, including the words “Colin the Caterpillar” and the packaging. It wants Aldi to remove Cuthbert from its shelves and agree not to sell anything similar in the future. There have been a number of similar disputes in recent years, including a 2018 row when Hotel Chocolat accused Waitrose of plagiarism. It is not the first time copycat claims have been levelled at Aldi. In 2019, the chain delisted its Moo gourmet yoghurt after the cofounder of Collective, Amelia Harvey, claimed the products looked too similar to the brand’s own. It had a similar row with the sausage brand Heck. In a statement, M&S said: “Love and care goes into every product on our shelves. So we want to protect Colin, Connie and our reputation for freshness, quality, innovation and value.” Aldi declined to comment. Mark Caddle, a partner at the intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers, described the case as the “battle of the caterpillars”. “Colin the Caterpillar has been very popular in the UK market, which could aid M&S’s case,” Caddle said. “The high court’s decision will rest on whether it thinks Aldi is seeking to benefit commercially by bringing a confusingly similar product to market.”
debsdowner
15/4/2021
18:35
Handbags at dawn as Colin the Caterpillar MARKS sponge cake takes his opponent ALDI's Cuthbert to the High Court. Https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/15/ms-takes-aldi-to-court-over-colin-the-caterpillar-look-alike-cake TESCO and Waitrose also have their own versions so if MARKS will the spnge war the other offerings could see the same fate.
debsdowner
15/4/2021
14:06
M&S in legal claim against Aldi over Colin the Caterpillar trademark HTTPS://news.sky.com/story/m-s-in-legal-claim-against-aldi-over-colin-the-caterpillar-trademark-12276152
philanderer
15/4/2021
12:34
MARKS takes ALDI to court over intelectual property rights comparing Colin the Catterpillar to ALDI's Cuthbert The Catterpillar. MARKS say their Colin is superior to ALDI'a Cuthbert and its an interesting High Court fight between both logs and intelectual rights. ALDI may put up a fieerce defense if they lose it would open up the doors to more brands complaining their brands have been copied. There could be a "Jaffa" cake war for ALDI as some brands are packaged to look similar or confuse the customer. Https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2021/04/ms-begins-legal-move-against-aldi-over-colin-the-caterpillar/ This will be really interesting I cannot see ALDI giving in without a fight. The question is which will tast better and or have the best ingrediants. I susoect MARKS will taste better but that doesnt mean they will win the fights as its also over similarities of the products. ALDI are ever so clever as copying brands and they have been doing it for years.
debsdowner
14/4/2021
14:11
Speculation about Sainsburys going private Https://www.chargedretail.co.uk/2021/04/14/sainsburys-could-soon-be-bought-by-private-investors-as-billion-buys-300m-in-shares/
debsdowner
13/4/2021
15:59
Food should improve especially Simply Food city centre outlets and motorway services. Clothing & Home are turning the corner but there is a lot to do
jsforum
13/4/2021
14:03
The announcement on the RCF is a timely reminder of the value creation opportunity for M&S from refinancing its expensive legacy instruments. As of today, the Group has £1.6bn GBP equivalent in bonds outstanding with a weighted average coupon of 4.47% and a weighted average maturity of 5.7 years. As these mature we should see meaningful interest savings, presumably amplified by overall debt paydown
pdosullivan
13/4/2021
11:00
Shoppers surge back to high streets as Covid lockdown eases in England High streets in smaller cities and towns bustle, while central London sees a gentler bounceback HTTPS://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/12/stores-covid-lockdown-england-primark-zara-uniqlo-john-lewis?utm_term=e44e9ee2f1984289fd73f1b061bad129&utm_campaign=BusinessToday&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=bustoday_email
philanderer
13/4/2021
10:08
M&S now fully open - I suspect they will be the retailer to recover thee fastest as they have been selling clothes all through the lockdown (cheekie so-and-so's) but now they are fully open I suspect they will boom. The petrol station M&S will also pick up further as more people head back to work (eg millions of shop workers will be driving into work all over UK).
netcurtains
12/4/2021
11:35
There were ques outside Primark, JD Sports and TJ Max as some stores will stay open until 10.pm. Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56682747 I would expect a flurry of customers initially then as it falls off the late opening hours reduce again.
debsdowner
12/4/2021
11:28
Hundresd of Bonmarche stores will not reopen Https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2021/04/hundreds-of-bonmarche-jobs-at-risk-as-some-stores-may-never-reopen/
debsdowner
12/4/2021
11:09
John Lewis says it will not close any more stores, this comes after it said it would close 8 stores last year then a further 8 stores recently. Time will tell as to whether it will announce more store closures despite what they are now saying. Https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2021/04/john-lewis-boss-halts-store-closure-programme/ UK footfall still down 70% Https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2021/04/uk-footfall-drops-almost-70-despite-consumer-confidence/
debsdowner
12/4/2021
09:30
Wooiu=ing shoppers back to Oxford Street? :- Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-56577479 Oxford Street may only have about 13% of empty shops but many towns now have over 50% of their shops closed possibly 75% in some cases. But its the lack of large department stores as well which is affecting the High Street with Debenhams, some John Lewis, and Beales just to name the few which have gone forevere, with the caveat one Beales store has reopened by a former CEO of the businesss.
debsdowner
12/4/2021
09:26
The covid restrictions ease today with non essential retail able to open and the markets are going down this morning! In the meantime Homebase is doing a trial with NEXT to open mini garden centres in a small selectrion of branches hoping it will bring more customers in its stores Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56712719 This may do Homebase some good but I suspect less chance the stores will benefit and once they have boughts a few plants customers will be shoert of money to go towards a dress. Time will tell on this one as british consumets have been saving up during the pandemic and the GOV don't know where the money will be spent. Joe Public has been spending money on DIY however and moving home as well as people want houses with plenty of room including gardens and garden offices in some case. Numerous companies have now altered their working practices to allow more people to work from home and its likely that will stay.
debsdowner
12/4/2021
09:26
The covid restrictions ease today with non essential retail able to open and the markets are going down this morning! In the meantime Homebase is doing a trial with NEXT to open mini garden centres in a small selectrion of branches hoping it will bring more customers in its stores Https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56712719 This may do Homebase some good but I suspect less chance the stores will benefit and once they have boughts a few plants customers will be shoert of money to go towards a dress. Time will tell on this one as british consumets have been saving up during the pandemic and the GOV don't know where the money will be spent. Joe Public has been spending money on DIY however and moving home as well as people want houses with plenty of room including gardens and garden offices in some case. Numerous companies have now altered their working practices to allow more people to work from home and its likely that will stay.
debsdowner
09/4/2021
08:50
New Marks and Spencer foodhall set to open in Coleraine The new store will be opening at the Riverside Retail Park https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/new-marks-spencer-foodhall-set-20341733
johnwise
09/4/2021
08:50
New Marks and Spencer foodhall set to open in Coleraine The new store will be opening at the Riverside Retail Park https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/new-marks-spencer-foodhall-set-20341733
johnwise
09/4/2021
00:16
"Don't believe anyone who says the High Street is dead! M&S boss Steve Rowe issues rallying cry to retailers as he prepares to reopen his stores on Monday" https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/comment/article-9450505/The-High-Street-thrive-says-M-S-boss-STEVE-ROWE.html
philanderer
08/4/2021
14:12
WE'RE SPARKING CHANGEAt M&S, we're committed to being a good neighbour to the 1,519 local communities our shops serve, and to supporting the causes that are important to our 31 million customers and 78,000 colleagues.Every time you shop with Sparks, whether in store or online, we donate to your chosen charity. Together, we've raised almost £7 million so far.We've spoken to our colleagues and listened to our customers to find out more about the causes that matter to them most, and have added 25 new charities to Sparks. Take a look below to discover all of our Sparks charities and the amazing work they doCommunity & Inclusion... MKS site.... ours is Woodland Trust
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08/4/2021
11:29
GOLDMAN RAISES MARKS & SPENCER PRICE TARGET TO 165 (145) PENCE - 'NEUTRAL'
philanderer
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