M&S POSTS 2.7% DROP IN SALES IN 2ND QUARTER

LONDON -- A chilly autumn has already set in at Marks & Spencer.The British retailer, which is attempting to retool its image and claw back market share following weak performance and a takeover attempt by retail tycoon Philip Green in July, said last week that sales in the 10-week period ended Sept. 18 fell by 2.7%.The only product category that grew in the 10-week period was food, where sales rose

LONDON -- A chilly autumn has already set in at Marks & Spencer.

The British retailer, which is attempting to retool its image and claw back market share following weak performance and a takeover attempt by retail tycoon Philip Green in July, said last week that sales in the 10-week period ended Sept. 18 fell by 2.7%.

The only product category that grew in the 10-week period was food, where sales rose 2.9%. The company reported percentage changes only, and will releas

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