M&S announces recruitment drive after another set of positive sales figures

High street retailer Marks & Spencer has revealed plans to recruit 4,000 shopfloor staff.

The company, which employs 59,000 people, said the new staff were necessary for new stores and “to give better service” in existing shops.

A key reason for employment drive, which will take place over the next two to three months, is the growing number of the company’s Simply Food stores. This follows the £38m acquisition of 28 outlets from retailer Iceland, announced in January.

M&S chief executive Stuart Rose outlined the recruitment plans yesterday as he unveiled another set of positive results at the retailer.

Like-for-like sales, which strip out the impact of new stores, were up 8.2% on last year in the 13 weeks to 1 July.

M&S is two years into a three-year recovery scheme. In May, the retailer reported a 47% increase in annual profits to £745.7m for the year to 1 April.

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