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Marks & Spencer loses two womenswear buyers

Marks & Spencer is shaking up its womenswear team following the departure of two of its buyers.

The high street retailer is understood to be reorganising its womenswear team in an effort to revive falling clothing sales according to the Financial Times.

Sara Bradley, head of buying for in-house brands, has left the chain after two years.

Head of buying for M&S Woman, Mary Wastnage, will leave this autumn.

M&S told the FT: “Mary Wastnage has decided to leave the business in the autumn to pursue other interests outside of M&S. Mary is going to stay on as a head of buying until a replacement has been found.

“Sara Bradley has decided to leave M&S to pursue other opportunities. We would like to thank Sara for her contribution and wish her well for the future.”

These departures come just a fortnight after it was announced that Janie Schaffer, head of lingerie and beauty, had left after three months.

In December Per Una and Limited Collection designer Carole Boyes-Weston left after five months.

The FT also reports that sub-brand M&S Woman is set to be axed this September, with M&S Man cut later on this year.

It is thought that Limited will become part of M&S Collection, a new range featuring core clothing collections.

Last month the retailer reported a 3.8% drop in UK like-for-likes under general merchandise, which includes fashion and footwear as well as smaller categories such as home and beauty.

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