Marks & Spencer

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.

Company Growth (employees)
London, GB
Size (employees)
82,948 (est)
Marks & Spencer was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in London, GB

Key People 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
Martha  Fox

Martha Fox

Non-Executive Director
Marc  Bolland

Marc Bolland

Chief Executive
Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne

Executive Director, Marketing & International
Steve  Rowe

Steve Rowe

Executive Director, General Merchandise
Laura  Wade-Gery

Laura Wade-Gery

Executive Director, Multi-channel
Vindi  Banga

Vindi Banga

Senior Independent Director

Marks & Spencer Office Locations

Marks & Spencer has offices in London, Manchester, Norwich, Castle Donington and in 90 other locations
London, GB (HQ)
35 North Wharf Road
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Marks & Spencer Data and Metrics

Marks & Spencer Financial Metrics

Marks & Spencer's revenue was reported to be £10.6 b in FY, 2017 which is a 1% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2017)

10.6 b

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


Market capitalization (24-Jul-2017)

5.3 b

Closing share price (24-Jul-2017)


Cash (02-Apr-2016)

247.6 m
Marks & Spencer's current market capitalization is £5.3 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

Gross profit Margin, %


Operating expense total

3.2 b3.3 b

Pre tax profit

580.4 m600 m488.8 m

Net Income

489.3 m481.7 m404.4 m
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


808.4 m858.2 m797.3 m

Total Assets

10.4 b10.6 b11.1 b

Accounts Payable

929.1 m967.6 m1 b

Current Liabilities

2.3 b2.1 b2.1 b

Total Liabilities

5.2 b5 b5 b

Retained Earnings

234.5 m204.3 m100.8 m

Total Equity

5.2 b5.6 b6 b

Financial Leverage

2 x1.9 x1.8 x
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


128.1 k

Marks & Spencer Operating Metrics

Marks & Spencer's Registered Users was reported to be 7 m in FY, 2015. Marks & Spencer's Stores was reported to be 1.4 k in FY, 2017, which is a 4% increase from the previous period. Marks & Spencer's Customers was reported to be 32 m in FY, 2017
H1, 2014FY, 2015H1, 2015FY, 2016H1, 2016FY, 2017

Stores (UK)


Stores (International)



1.29 k1.33 k1.36 k1.38 k1.4 k1.43 k


33 m32 m32 m

Website Visits per Week

6.1 m11.5 m8.3 m

Registered Users

7 m

Stores (UK Food)


Customers per Year (UK Food)

20.1 m20.5 m

Customers per Year (UK Clothing & Home)

24.7 m24.6 m

Stores (UK Clothing & Home)


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    Marks & Spencer surprises by naming the CEO of a car parts retailer to run its struggling clothing unit

    LONDON — Marks & Spencer named Halfords CEO Jill McDonald as its new head of Clothing, Home & Beauty, on Wednesday. McDonald will be taking over responsibility for the divisions from M&S CEO Steve Rowe and will oversee everything from "design and sourcing through…

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    Marks & Spencer could do deal with Ocado for online groceries; Amazon and Waitrose could be hurdles to a deal, Credit Suisse says; Analysts think Ocado could make up to £4 million from a deal, impact for M&S limited. Marks & Spencer could do a deal with Ocado…

    Marks and Spencer heads out of China

    Marks and Spencer has pulled out of China, closing its prestigious Beijing branch earlier this month, the company confirmed. The retailer said it also closed two stores in February in the country and three more in January. Three remaining stores in Shanghai are scheduled to close by 1 April. A…

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    The second man on the moon strutted his stuff on the catwalk for Nick Graham in New York. He joins Joan Didion and Mikhail Gorbachev in making surprising style cameosGoing where no man should probably go again, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin modelled a silver jacket and silver trainers – to match h…

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