UK high street retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has revealed that it aims to create around 1,000 jobs this year, with the opening of 20 small stand-alone food stores.
Earlier today [Tuesday], M&S reported profits for the year ended 30 March, before one-off costs, of £646.7m (US$941m), beating analysts’ forecasts of £630m. The 30.7% rise represented the first indication that the company is on its way to recovery after years of falling sales and profits.
Turnover for the full year was also up by a more modest 3.8% to £7.6bn.
Chairman and CEO Luc Vandevelde admitted however that there is still much work to do: “We have turned the corner. However I recognise our performance was helped by the buoyant High Street trading conditions and now our task is to secure the recovery and to build for our future.”