Pedestrians wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walk past an M&S (Marks and Spencer) store in central London on July 20, 2020.
Marks & Spencer, the iconic but struggling British retailer, on Tuesday said it plans to cut around 7,000 jobs, as the pandemic has depressed clothing sales.
M&S MKS, -1.84% said the job cuts will come over the next three months in its central support center, regional management as well as stores. It said it expects to achieve a significant proportion through voluntary departures and early retirement.
M&S said over the last 13 weeks, like-for-like food sales, excluding the closure of hospitality and travel franchise units, rose 10.6%, while clothing and home revenue slumped 38.5%. Since stores re-opened, total clothing and home sales have been down 29.9%.
The retailer said in the last 8 weeks, online sales have represented 41% of its clothing and home total.
It said it’s on track to become the food supplier to online delivery company Ocado OCDO, +0.71% in September and said it’s seeing the benefit already in terms of trading terms and an expanded range created for the switchover.
M&S shares have dropped 47% this year, compared to a 19% drop for the FTSE 100 UKX, -0.49%, which it has been exiled from.