Marks and Spencers online sales boost

Despite drops of in-store sales and, in our mind, a lot of scope for greater success in SEO attainable, Marks and Spencer’s online sales soared 20% in the latest quarter.

Marks & Spencer Group saw UK like-for-like sales drop 4.2% in the final quarter of the financial year, despite positive online sales growing by 20%.
Total UK sales were down 0.3% in the 12 weeks to 28 March 2009, with general merchandise dropping by 1.2%, which includes clothing (-1%) and home (-2.3%).

However, online sales were up by 20%, while international sales grew by 23% in the same period.

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Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Marks & Spencer Group, said, “While the outlook remains uncertain, we’re confident that we’re doing the right things for our customers and for our business.

“Online sales were up 20% with further growth in market share as we continue to broaden the product offer,” he added.

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There is so much that can be done for the M & S website, and for a company that craves consistency and continued growth it is surprising they don’t seem to look at it.
Until then good luck with continued online growth.