M&S Food H1: volume-driven growth

Date : 06 November 2019

While ongoing decline in its clothing & home division impacted group performance, food delivered positive like-for-likes, reports M&S in its interim results for the 26 weeks ending 28th September.

Results in brief

  • Group revenue declined -2.1% to £4.86bn
  • Profit before tax and adjusting items down -17.1%
  • Food revenue up 1.2% to £2.85bn, and like-for-like sales up 0.9% drive by volume
  • Clothing and home revenue down 7.8% to £1.6bn and  like-for-like sales down -5.5%
  • International sales down -1.2% to £445.6m

Food: investing in value paying off

More than 400 high volume lines have had their price reduced by over 10%. At the same time, promotional participation has nearly halved, as M&S pursues "trusted value" positioning.

Eight things to expect in the second half of the year

  • Relaunch of Sparks in 2020
  • Product innovation to broaden the retailer's appeal, following on from Plant Kitchen, Street Market and Cook With ranges launched this year
  • Continued emphasis on attracting family shoppers, building on marketing success in this area
  • Roll-out of supply chain improvements trialed in the Vangarde, York store, now live in 85 stores, with wider roll out planned for 2020
  • Work to reshape the store estate continue, with the number of planned closures remaining unchanged
  • Three more food renewal trial stores to open this year, following Hempstead Valley and Clapham
  • Plans to transition Ocado to the M&S range are on track
  • Transformed teams: as a result the movement of central functions (such as insight, learning & development and HR) to business units, as well as upweighting the commercial focus of the food division, with new category and sourcing roles

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