M&S announces losses of £87 million for first time in its history

Marks & Spencer has made its first loss in 94 years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ever-present retailer announced it made a pre-tax loss of £87.6 million in the six months to September 26th.

City analysts had predicted losses could be as high as £95 million.

Chief executive Steve Rowe said:

“The half-year performance was much more robust than at first seemed possible thanks to the resilience of our business and the incredible efforts of my M&S colleagues”.

The retailer made a profit of £176 million in the first six months of its last budget year.

M&S scrapped dividend plans in April and announced plans to lay off 7,000 staff in August.


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