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Risk-to-Price Commentary: Marks & Spencer PLC Apr 11
Standard & Poors, April 2011
On April 6, Marks & Spencer (M&S)--the largest European retailer by sales in the U.K.--reported far better-than-expected fourth-quarter sales. M&S' largest market is the U.K., which accounted for about 90% of fiscal-year 2010 revenues, and over 80% of operating profit for that period. The company avoided the 2% to 4% decrease in sales in the fourth quarter widely flagged by some analysts and posted 0.1% increase in like-for-like sales. Instead, M&S was able to maintain strong sales despite an unusually cold December, with underlying sales up as much as 2.2%. Earnings were 14% or 4 pence higher at -0.33 than analysts' expectations as well, according to Capital IQ normalized earnings data. M&S shares advanced as much as 5% on the...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Marks & Spencer PLC,Kingfisher PLC,PPR S.A.,Next PLC
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Marks & Spencer PLC,Kingfisher PLC,PPR S.A.,Next PLC