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 75 other locations
London, GB (HQ)
35 North Wharf Road

Marks & Spencer Metrics

Marks & Spencer Financial Metrics

Revenue (2016)

£10.6 b

Revenue growth (2015-16), %


Net income (2016)

£404.4 m

Market capitalization (28-Apr-2017)

£6 b

Closing share price (28-Apr-2017)


Cash (02-Apr-2016)

£247.6 m
Marks & Spencer's current market capitalization is £6 b.
Marks & Spencer's revenue was reported to be £10.6 b in FY, 2016 which is a 2% increase from the previous period.
FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


£10 b£10.3 b£10.3 b£10.6 b

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

£6.4 b£6.3 b

Gross profit

£3.9 b£4 b

Gross profit Margin, %


Operating expense total

£3.2 b£3.3 b

Pre tax profit

£580.4 m£600 m£488.8 m

Net Income

£489.3 m£481.7 m£404.4 m
FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


£182.1 m£205.9 m£247.6 m

Accounts Receivable

£126.8 m£123.7 m£122.7 m

Current Assets

£3.8 b£3.9 b£4 b


£5.7 b£5.9 b£6.2 b


£808.4 m£858.2 m£797.3 m

Total Assets

£10.4 b£10.6 b£11.1 b

Accounts Payable

£929.1 m£967.6 m£1 b

Current Liabilities

£2.3 b£2.1 b£2.1 b

Retained Earnings

£234.5 m£204.3 m£100.8 m

Total Equity

£5.2 b£5.6 b£6 b

Financial Leverage

2 x1.9 x1.8 x
FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Cash From Operating Activities

£1.1 b£1.3 b£1.2 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)

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