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M&S Share Price Soars Despite Swinging To A First Loss Ever

Nigel Firth
Nigel Frith trader
Updated 4 Nov 2020

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Shares of Marks and Spencer Group PLC (LON: MKS), or better known as M&S, soared about 7% Wednesday after the fashion retailer reported better-than-expected half-year results.

Despite topping market’s expectations, M&S reported the first-ever loss after the pandemic pushed its finances into the red.

M&S reported that it made a pretax loss before one-off items of £17.4 million pounds for the half-year ending September 26. Still, this is much better than a loss of £59 million expected from analysts. Last year, the company reported a profit of £176 million.

The retailer said that its clothing and home unit saw its sales tumbled by 21.3% in the second quarter, after crashing by 61.5% a quarter earlier. On a more positive note, its joint venture with Ocado has continued to impress.

“My goal remains unchanged – that is to deliver the long-term transformation for M&S, building a brand that is more digital in a world that will never be the same again,” CEO Steve Rowe told journalists during a call.

M&S stock price soars on better sales November 2020

M&S share price rose around 7% initially before settling down at around 4.5%. Shares are up nearly 8% on a weekly basis.


Nigel Firth
Nigel has been in the regulated financial services industry for nearly a decade, has previously owned a financial brokerage and has written many times for sites relating to personal finance and trading.