3 Apr 2011

UK retailer to return to France

6:28 am on 3 April 2011

Marks Spencer is to re-enter the French retail market, 10 years after shutting all its European stores.

The company said it would open a 15,000 square foot store on the Champs-Elysées in Paris later this year.

MS also said it was in talks with a partner to launch a number of its Simply Food stores, under franchise, in Paris.

The retailer is also planning to launch an international online service.

MS closed all its European stores in 2001 in order to focus on its core business in Britain.

The BBc reports the new French store and website are expected to open before the Christmas trading period.

MS is the largest clothing retailer in Britain and has a significant presence in the food market.