Wine and sequins help UK’s M&S sparkle at Christmas

  • Like-for-like foodstuff revenue up 6.3%, apparel & residence up 8.6%
  • Grew worth and volume in food items in four months to Xmas
  • Sticks to profit direction
  • Shares slide 1.3%

LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – British retailer Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) described solid Xmas revenue, with need for turkeys and glowing wine offering its optimum at any time share of the foods market and sequin-embellished partywear boosting its apparel product sales.

Chief Government Stuart Machin mentioned M&S outperformed the market place in food items in equally volume and benefit for the second year running, although it experienced the highest share in garments and dwelling in 7 several years.

“After two a long time of COVID disruption customers loved entertaining at home,” he informed reporters on Thursday.

The retailer’s superior-conclude food items offer you usually appeals to shoppers at Xmas, and 2022 was no exception irrespective of growing economic tension on individuals.

It benefited from enhanced availability of seasonal strains which include turkeys, the place it claimed it retained its leading sector share for the third yr running.

But its “Remarksable Price” provide also carried out strongly. As a full, it claimed a improved-than-expected raise in like-for-like foods sales of 6.3%.

“Even in clothes, we observed men and women investing to benefit, but we also saw them investing to some of the quality items as effectively,” he stated. Clothing and home sales rose 8.6%.

The 139-yr-aged retailer’s strong overall performance provides to proof that customers have been identified to invest at Xmas regardless of inflation operating at 10.7% and client self confidence near to document lows.

Tesco (TSCO.L), Britain’s largest supermarket, also documented more powerful than predicted Christmas profits on Thursday, with like-for-like income up 7.2% in the 6 months to Jan. 7.

Inflation in foodstuff – which is running better than the headline determine – is boosting the price of revenue at supermarkets, even as buyers invest in fewer products.

Machin, on the other hand, stated M&S was passing on significantly less of the inflationary strain to prospects than its rivals and it managed to increase its food volume by 1.1% in December.

But M&S remained careful about the broader economic environment, stating there were being “distinct macro-economic headwinds ahead and underlying charge pressures”, but it was confident its complete-12 months outcomes would meet up with its direction.

Machin explained the outlook for customers was unsure. “We imagine our customers are a little extra insulated up against these headwinds, but it can be pretty difficult to simply call,” he mentioned.

M&S is forecasting a tumble in revenue in its 2022-23 12 months, obtaining warned in November of a “accumulating storm” of larger expenses and stress on residence budgets.

Its shares, which had a robust run into the update, with a 46% increase in excess of the previous 3 months, fell 1.1%.

Analysts at UBS claimed that while investing was “robust”, traders have been hunting for an up grade that hadn’t materialised.

Reporting by Paul Sandle Editing by Kate Holton, Kirsten Donovan

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