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A round-up of Marks & Spencer’s autumn 10 bestsellers

The retailer posted a 4.7% rise in clothing sales for the 13 weeks to January 1, with strong sales of Fair Isle knitwear and accessories.

Here’s a selection of the retailer’s most popular items.

Cashmere: M&S sold 600,000 cashmere knits across womenswear and menswear during the quarter. Sales of cashmere priced at £69 or above was up 11% on last year.

Fair Isle: Over 60,000 Fair Isle knits and 25,000 Fair Isle accessories across womenswear and menswear were snapped up by customers.

Thermals:  M&S enjoyed its best quarter for thermals, selling over 1.7m pieces across womenswear and menswear. Sales of thermals in womenswear increased by 45% on last year. 

Hosiery: The retailer had its best quarter for hosiery, selling over 11.5m pairs of tights.

Sleepwear: 4.2m pieces of sleepwear were bought, with 1m from its ‘best’ range – up 22% on last year.

Coats: Over 55,000 coats from its ‘best’ range were purchased during the quarter. Its top selling coat from the Christmas TV ad was an £89 black and white coat as modelled by Twiggy, with over 4,500 sold during the quarter.

Snoods: M&S said snoods were the “must-have accessory this winter” with the retailer offering 37 different styles during the quarter compared to just 9 last year. It sold 44,000 snoods across womenswear and menswear, up 158% on last year.

Footwear: Men’s boots had a record quarter with over 63,000 pairs sold – up 64% on last year.

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