M&S Registers Group Sales up by 2.7% in India for 2013-14

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Marks and Spencer Group PLC (M&S) today has announced its Full Year Results for the 2013-14 financial year which states that the brand grew its sales by 2.7 percent (on a constant currency basis) at £10.3bn. The brand has registered the international sales at +6.2 percent and Asia sales at +15.7 percent.

The year 2013-14 saw M&S continued to grow its presence in the Indian market through its partnership with Reliance Retail with the opening of 10 new stores. This included doubling its presence in Mumbai and opening its new flagship store at Hill Road, Bandra in November. M&S also extended its reach across the country as it entered new secondary cities such as Kochi, Kanpur and Surat for the first time.

Today, M&S trades from over 500,000 square feet across 40 stores in India. The retailer plans to build a leadership position in the Indian market, targeting a total of 100 stores by 2016 including c.20 Marks & Spencer Lingerie & Beauty stores.

This month, the brand has also opened the first standalone lingerie and beauty store at Infinity mall in Mumbai. The move capitalises on the growth opportunities in the lingerie and beauty in the Indian market – M&S saw its lingerie and beauty sales increase by 38 percent and 26 percent respectively on the previous year.

Venu Nair, Managing Director of Marks & Spencer Reliance India, said: “During the year, our stores in India delivered a good performance with strong double digit growth. Our exceptional quality, stylish products continue to resonate with our customers in India and the strong performance of our lingerie and beauty offer presents us with an exciting growth opportunity.”

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