Marks and Spencer plc (also known as M&S; colloquially known as Marks and Sparks, Marks's or, simply, Marks) is a major British multinational retailer headquartered in the City of Westminster, London. It specialises in the selling of clothing, home products and luxury food products. M&S was founded in 1884 by Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer in Leeds.

In 1998, the company became the first British retailer to make a pre-tax profit of over £1 billion, although subsequently it went into a sudden slump, which took the company, its shareholders, who included hundreds of thousands of small investors, and nearly all retail analysts and business journalists, by surprise. In November 2009, it was announced that Marc Bolland, formerly of Morrisons,  would take over as chief executive from executive chairman Stuart Rose in early 2010; Rose remained in the role of non-executive chairman until he was replaced by Robert Swannell in January 2011. 

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

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London, GB
Size (employees)
85,209 (est)+3%
Marks & Spencer was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in London, GB
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Key People/Management at Marks & Spencer

Helen Weir

Helen Weir

Robert Swannell

Robert Swannell

Richard Solomons

Richard Solomons

Non-Executive Director
Alison Brittain

Alison Brittain

Non-Executive Director
Miranda Curtis

Miranda Curtis

Non-Executive Director
Andy Halford

Andy Halford

Non-Executive Director
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Marks & Spencer Office Locations

Marks & Spencer has offices in Wakefield, Warwick, Sunderland, Reigate and in 93 other locations
London, GB (HQ)
35 North Wharf Road
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Marks & Spencer Financials and Metrics

Marks & Spencer Financials

Marks & Spencer's revenue was reported to be £10.62 b in FY, 2017 which is a 0.6% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2017)

10.6 b

Revenue growth (FY, 2016 - FY, 2017), %


Market capitalization (31-Oct-2017)

5.6 b

Closing share price (31-Oct-2017)


Cash (2-Apr-2016)

247.6 m
Marks & Spencer's current market capitalization is £5.6 b.
GBPFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017


10 b10.3 b10.3 b10.6 b10.6 b

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

6.4 b6.3 b

Gross profit

3.9 b4 b
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


182.1 m205.9 m247.6 m

Accounts Receivable

126.8 m123.7 m122.7 m

Current Assets

3.8 b3.9 b4 b


5.7 b5.9 b6.2 b
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Cash From Operating Activities

1.1 b1.3 b1.2 b

Cash From Financing Activities

(498.1 m)(614.5 m)(631.4 m)

Income Taxes Paid

(91.1 m)(118.3 m)(84.4 m)
GBPY, 2017


126.3 k
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Marks & Spencer Operating Metrics

Marks & Spencer's Registered Users was reported to be 7 m in FY, 2015.
H1, 2015FY, 2015H1, 2016FY, 2016H1, 2017FY, 2017

Registered Users

7 m

Stores (International)

470 480 489 468 465 454

Stores (UK Clothing & Home)

302 343

Stores (UK Food)

914 942
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Marks & Spencer Revenue Breakdown

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Marks & Spencer revenue breakdown by business segment: 8.2% from Owned (International), 53.2% from Food Revenue (UK), 35.7% from Clothing & Home Revenue (UK) and 3.0% from Other

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Marks & Spencer Online and Social Media Presence

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Marks & Spencer News and Updates

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