Marks & Spencer said sales of general merchandise, which includes   clothing, footwear and homewares, fell 0.4 per cent in the first quarter of its financial year.  Photograph: Graham Barclay/ Bloomberg News

Underlying sales at retailer Marks & Spencer’s non-food business slipped in the first three months of its fiscal year, a setback for the group aft(...)

Brush with death: rescuers pull a garment worker alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, outside Dhaka. Photograph: Reuters

It was an image of horror that made people in the West think uncomfortable thoughts about the human cost of the clothes on their backs: a couple embra(...)

M&S sales edge ahead driven by a 4 per cent jump in sales in the food department. Photo: PA

Marks & Spencer reported sharply contrasting fortunes today as buoyant trading in its food halls helped offset more dismal sales figur(...)