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Marks & Spencer has joined retailers trying to lure shoppers on to the high street before Christmas with plans for a flash sale across its stores tomorrow.

M&S optimism on economy grows as profits beat forecasts

But it warns that bad news ahead could include VAT rises beyond 17.5 per cent

James Moore: We are right, says Next, and anon is wrong

Outlook: Next and M&S might have reported better-than-expected sales figures yesterday but, of course, the focus on planet retail is not so much on the numbers themselves but on how they are put together.

M&S reveals surprise profits boost

Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose drew encouragement from recent trading today after the chain posted an unexpected rise in half-year profits.

Retail's chance to shine again

After a difficult Christmas in 2008, retailers are more optimistic this year, reports James Thompson

Retailer figures to show depth of high-street recovery

The depth of the recovery on the high street will be revealed this week when Marks & Spencer, Next and Primark all deliver numbers to the City.

David Prosser: Why M&S investors are watching ITV

Outlook Still no word from Marks & Spencer on a replacement for Sir Stuart Rose, with the retailer yesterday remaining tight-lipped on the subject as it unveiled relatively impressive second quarter figures. We are no closer to knowing who M&S will appoint as chief executive once Sir Stuart steps back into a pure chairman's role next July.

Rose aims to leave Marks & Spencer with improving figures

Marks & Spencer will report improved summer trading this week. More resilient retail sales, a better food performance and the weakness of recession-struck suppliers are behind what is expected to be an up-beat statement. The word is that its executive chairman, Sir Stuart Rose, wants to make his last full year at M&S look good.

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M&S set for clash with investors on chairmanship

Marks & Spencer will clash with investors this week over the retailer's continued refusal to countenance splitting up executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose's job.

M&S prepares to repel rebels

Retailer asks for clarification of governance code as shareholders seek new chairman at annual meeting

M&S stands by succession plans as sales improve

Retailer's first-quarter sales beat City expectations

M&S boss Sir Stuart Rose reports 'improving' sales trend

Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose reported better-than-expected sales today after seeing an "improving trend" in the retailer's performance.

Pirc backs moves to force M&S to split Rose's role

The influential shareholder advisory body Pirc has thrown its weight behind the campaign to force Marks & Spencer to find a compromise deal over the executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose's leadership of the high-street bellwether.

David Prosser: Having a say on pay before Europe does

Outlook: The EU has warned that it expects member states to ensure shareholders take their corporate governance responsibilities seriously

Sir Stuart pockets £1.77m despite profits plummeting by 40%

The executive chairman of Marks & Spencer, Sir Stuart Rose, enjoyed a 28 per cent jump in his remuneration last year, despite the high street bellwether suffering a 40 per cent slump in pre-tax profits.

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