Marks & Spencer news

05 March 2019
The overall growth of the UK grocery market was 1.9% in the 12 weeks up to February 24th, according to the latest data from the Kantar Worldpanel. This was a slight increase of +0.2 percentage points on January, reflecting a nudge upwards in both inflation and volume.  Brexit: despite growing concern shoppers are not stockpiling Brexit remains a key issue. Shoppers are worried about its imp...
27 February 2019
M&S will acquire a 50% share in Ocado's UK retail business for £750m. Ocado's commercial agreement with Waitrose will come to an end in 2020. Details of the deal M&S will pay up to £750m for its stake: £562.5m on completion and up to £187.5m plus interest after five years This will be funded by selling £600m shares and cutting dividends to shareholders The transaction is expected t...
07 February 2019
M&S is trialling in-store meal kits, ‘In the Bag’, in six of its stores. ‘In the Bag’: expanding the food-for-tonight offer M&S is trialling a new food-for-tonight meal kit offer, ‘In the Bag’, in six of its stores. Branches involved in the trial include Tolworth, Marble Arch, Braehead, Lisburn, Camberley, and Handforth Dean. The offer will appeal to a wide range of busy shoppers, wit...
31 January 2019
M&S has appointed Andrew Mann as its new head of insight & loyalty, and Samantha Hornsby as head of food online. Samantha Hornsby: head of food online Earlier this month, Samantha Hornsby joined M&S taking up the role of head of food online. Hornsby joins the business having spent the past nine years with Tesco where she carried out several roles, acting most recently as head of online r...
29 January 2019
The retailers take different, innovative approaches to long-term reduction of plastic waste. M&S supporting circular economy with plastic take-back initiative New recycling bins in store will allow shoppers to return plastic packaging which they can't recycle at home. This includes items such as black ready meal trays and cosmetics containers. Packaging collected will be used to create stor...
17 January 2019
M&S announces a new plastic-free produce trial and proposes 17 more store closures as it progresses its transformation strategy. M&S plastic-free produce aisles trial M&S has launched over 90 lines of loose fruit and vegetables completely free of plastic packaging across two aisles in a new three month trial at the Tolworth store. The range includes harder products such as potatoes, as w...
10 January 2019
The retailer cited difficult market conditions as it reported continued sales decline in the 13 weeks to 29 December 2018. However, chief executive Steve Rowe emphasised " the transformation programme remains on track...with some encouraging early signs ". Headlines Group sales declined -3.9% to £3.044bn in the 13 weeks to 29 December 2018 Food sales declined -1.2% to £1.679bn, with l...
03 January 2019
With an additional 50,000 people expected to try Veganuary for the first time this January, we review new plant-based product launches from UK retailers so far. Veganuary: encouraging a plant-based January Veganuary is a charity which encourages people to try veganism for January. According to the charity, to date over 250,000 people from 193 countries have taken the month-long pledge to...
13 December 2018
Former Sainsbury's CEO Justin King will become a Non-Executive Director of M&S from 1st January 2019. In-depth experience of the industry King will bring a wealth of industry expertise to the position, from more than 10 years at the helm of Sainsbury's, as well as leadership roles at Asda.  He also knows the M&S business and values well, having helped develop Simply Food during his time ...
04 December 2018
Co-op is the last of the major UK retailers to launch its Christmas ad. John Lewis & Partners John Lewis & Partners has released its much-awaited Christmas campaign ‘The Boy and the Piano’, starring Elton John. The two-minute advertisement tells the story of how one special gift can inspire and influence the course of someone’s life. Set to the iconic ‘Your Song’, the story works backwards ...