Marks and Spencer’s ‘Autograph’ Writes End to Falling Clothing, Homeware Sales – Wall Street Journal

LONDON—Marks & Spencer Group PLC reported its first increase in clothing and home-furnishing sales in four years—boosted by the buzz around a plain, brown-suede skirt.

Shares of the British retailer hit a seven-year high Thursday after the company’s quarterly sales beat expectations. Shares rose 4.4% in London to £5.54 ($8.21) a share.

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