November 6, 2007 / 7:19 AM / 13 years ago

M&S to push into China and India

A shopper leaves Marks & Spencer outlet in Oxford Street London, May 24,2005. Marks & Spencer announced a 1 billion pound share buyback on Tuesday and unveiled a major push into China and India. REUTERS/ Handout

LONDON (Reuters) - Marks & Spencer announced a 1 billion pound share buyback on Tuesday and unveiled a major push into China and India.

Profit before tax at the group rose 11.5 percent to 451.8 million pounds in the 26 weeks to September 29, slightly ahead of analyst expectations.

Sales of general merchandise at Marks & Spencer’s UK stores open at least a year rose 2.3 percent. Comparable food sales rose 0.5 percent in the six month period.

Five analysts polled by Reuters on average had expected profit before tax of 447 million pounds.

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