Interestingly, though demand at the Marks & Spencer’s in the UK have been less than appealing, the demand in France has skyrocketed. The retail stores in France, which are all based in Paris, grew 39% to £71 million in the year to March. The company relaunched in France four years ago after they closed their 18 stores a decade earlier in France. They are now aiming to open more food stores in the next two years in France, bringing their total French presence to 25 stores.
In April of last year, they had a total of 455 stores. Their chief executive Marc Bolland said he wants to add 250 stores internationally over the next three years.