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Changes expected at Marks & Spencer's clothing arm

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland is preparing for the next phase of the retailer’s reorganisation, when his focus is likely to be on the clothing division.

Changes are expected to include the appointment of brand managers to oversee Marks & Spencer’s private labels which include Limited Collection, Indigo, Autograph and Per Una, the Financial Times reported.

Bolland has already decided to jettison the Portfolio range for the older woman and intends to turn the remainder from “labels to real brands”.

However, the chief executive of M&S kept the bulk of the retailer’s own-brands following the outlining of his strategic vision in November.

News of the likely changes came as the retailer readies its budget for the next financial year, beginning on April 1 and prompted renewed speculation about the make-up of Marks & Spencer’s top management team.

People familiar with the situation played down the prospect of sweeping change however and said the normal budgeting process was being followed.




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