Marks & Spencer has slowed the decline in clothing sales, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel.
The retailer’s clothing sales have fallen 0.9% year on year in the 24 weeks to July 7, compared with a 3% fall in the 24 weeks to June 9.
However this comes against a backdrop of better performance all round, which shows that M&S is still underperforming the market.
In the 12 weeks to July 7, the clothing market was up 3.2% year on year, compared with a 0.1% increase in the 12 weeks to June 9.
Yesterday it emerged that M&S will close four stores in the Republic of Ireland with the loss of 180 jobs.