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Marks and Spencer - Statistics & Facts

Marks and Spencer is one of the leading department stores and grocery retailers based in the United Kingdom (UK). The company has a long history in the UK market, with its first store dating back to 1884. As of 2021, there were 1,035 Marks and Spencer stores located in the UK, and 452 other store locations situated around the world. Across its worldwide operations, the company employs approximately 66 thousand people, the majority of which are women, although there was a higher share of men among total senior managers and the board.

Clothing and home vs food retail

Marks and Spencer has a wide range of options available for its customers, selling products from numerous categories, including clothing, cosmetics, household items, and luxury goods. Over recent years, the company has also developed into a high-quality food brand. From 2018 to 2021, the retailer saw falling worldwide revenue growth year-on-year. This was worsened by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which caused the retailer to lose revenue in the financial year 2021 due to national lockdown measures and decreased consumer spending. However, 2022 bucked this trend as M&S recorded their highest revenue, with 10.89 billion British pounds.
UK customers are the main source of income for M&S, with a revenue of almost 10 billion British pounds in 2022, i.e., more than ten times that of the company's international operations. Roughly two-thirds of this revenue comes from the food segment, which accounted for sales of just over 6.6 billion British pounds in 2022. Marks and Spencer's online platform has also experienced considerable growth, attracting hundreds of millions of visitors to its website and shopping app. However, the footfall in physical stores, has steadily declined over the past decade, sitting at 14.1 million visits per week in the 2022 financial year.

M&S popularity with consumers

In comparison to other UK brands, Marks and Spencer is popular with consumers both as a department store and as a supermarket. In the second quarter of 2022, Marks and Spencer ranked in second place amongst other leading department stores and home improvement retailers. As a supermarket, M&S Food also came in second place, closely following the discount supermarket chain Lidl. Despite having received consumers' favor, Marks and Spencer does not hold a large share of the UK's grocery retail market. Over the years, Marks & Spencer's food division had a market share of only around three percent.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 25 most important statistics relating to "Marks and Spencer".

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