MARKS & SPENCER CHILLED SALES LOSING HEAT

LONDON -- Marks & Spencer here is slipping from its position as market leader in the United Kingdom's chilled-food sector, and could fall to third place, according to a report published by Retail Intelligence.The report, Chilled Convenience Food in the UK, said M&S's standing within the chilled food category, which it helped to pioneer in the 1980s, and led as recently as 1997, is falling as competition

LONDON -- Marks & Spencer here is slipping from its position as market leader in the United Kingdom's chilled-food sector, and could fall to third place, according to a report published by Retail Intelligence.

The report, Chilled Convenience Food in the UK, said M&S's standing within the chilled food category, which it helped to pioneer in the 1980s, and led as recently as 1997, is falling as competition builds with other major grocery chains in the UK. The report concludes M&

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