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    M&S annual profit soars 58 per cent as turnaround strategy delivers

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    Retailer Marks & Spencer reported a 58 per cent rise in annual profit, ahead of market expectations, as its strategy to re-shape the business delivered strong sales growth in both its food and clothing divisions.

    The 140-year old retailer, one of the biggest names in British business, also said on Wednesday it was confident of further progress in its new financial year.

    After two decades of failed turnaround efforts, M&S, under CEO Stuart Machin, is finally reaping the rewards of an expensive investment programme to improve the quality and value of its clothing and food, upgrade its technology and e-commerce operations, and radically overhaul its store estate.

    It made profit before tax and adjusting items of £716.4 million in the year to 30 March – ahead of analysts’ forecasts which ranged £665-£705 million and the £453.3m made in 2022/23.

    Sales rose 9.4 per cent to £13.1 billion, with food sales up 13.0 per cent and clothing and home sales up 5.3 per cent.

    “Given our track record of delivering volume growth, market share and free cash flow we are confident that we will make further progress in 2024/25 and beyond,” M&S said.

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