Marks & Spencer Edges Toward Revival as Clothes Sales Drop Eases

Marks & Spencer's 'Leading Ladies' campaign | Source: Marks & Spencer

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer Group Plc reported the smallest decline in general-merchandise sales in more than two years, signaling that a new women’s clothing collection may be helping the U.K.’s largest clothing retailer regain shoppers.

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Marks & Spencer Extends Decline on Doubt Over New Fashion Range

Marks & Spencer, Manchester | Source: Shutterstock

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer Group Plc, Britain’s largest clothing retailer, fell for a third straight day as Sanford C. Bernstein cut the stock to underperform, adding to a recent tide of negative analyst opinion.

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M&S Casts Grace Coddington and Leading Ladies in Campaign by Annie Liebovitz

M&S Leading Ladies Campaign featuring Grace Coddington | Source: Marks & Spencer

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer is hoping a high-profile ad campaign featuring some of Britain's biggest female celebrities will boost sales of its make-or-break Autumn/Winter fashion range when it debuts in September.

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M&S CEO Says New Clothing Range Is Step in the Right Direction


LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Marc Bolland said its new autumn-winter fashion collection is a “step in the right direction” toward reigniting interest in the struggling fashion brand after seven quarters of sales declines.

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Fast retailing profit jumps, M&S plunges, Skinny jeans, Fashion darling, Uncomfortable truths

Uniqlo Spring/Summer 2013 Men's Lookbook | Source: Fashion Bears

Uniqlo-parent lifts forecast as Q1 profit jumps (Reuters) “Fast Retailing Co raised its annual profit forecast to a record after sales rose at home outlets of the Japanese retailer’s flagship Uniqlo casual clothing chain and price cuts and chilly autumn weather spurred a quarterly profit jump.” Marks & Spencer loses £270m stock market value (Guardian) “Almost £270m was wiped off the stock market value

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Next steps at Balenciaga, Rugby no more, M&S profits fall, Amazon ups the ante, New male

Nicolas Ghesquière by Alessandro Garofalo | Source:

What Next For Balenciaga? (Vogue UK) “CEO Isabelle Guichot has confirmed that she has ‘a shortlist’ of potential candidates to succeed creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, following yesterday’s confirmation that he would be parting ways with the brand. The designer has acted at the helm of Balenciaga for 15 years.” Ralph Lauren kicks its ‘preppy look’ Rugby label into touch (Independent)

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New establishment, PPR eyes Chinese acquisition, ASOS up, Place Vendôme, M&S crisis

Bryan Boy, The Man Repeller and The Sartorialist | Source: AdWeek

Fashion’s New Establishment (AdWeek) “But since then, style blogs like The Man Repeller, Into the Gloss, Style Rookie and Bryanboy, aka Bryan Grey Yambao, have become assigned reading among the fashion set—and you’d be hard pressed to find them missing a single Fashion Week.” PPR Confirms It’s In Talks To Acquire Chinese Luxury Company (Bloomberg) “PPR, the French owner of Gucci, said it’s in discussions to

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Chalayan’s surreal world, M&S returns to France, Hermès to sell Gaultier stake, D&G cleared, Knock-off battle

Hussein Chalayan S/S 2011 featured in Glamcult | Source: Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan: The surreal thing (Independent) “When a designer such as Hussein Chalayan bases his collection on Japan it’s safe to presume that his interpretation will be far from literal: no opulent silk obi sashes tying flat-cut voluminous garments here.” Marks and Spencer to return to France (Telegraph) “The British high street stalwart has today announced that it will be returning to the French

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