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Archive Thursday, 26 October, 2000, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Sunday Feb 27/2000 BBC 2 19.30
Sunday Feb 27/2000
BBC 2 19.30

Inside Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer is probably Britain's most renowned business. It's also deep in trouble, with spiralling sales, plummeting profits, and rumours of imminent takeover.

What can be done to save this once proud retailer?

A central strategy is a radical overhaul of Marks and Spencer's much-criticised clothing range and the way it's marketed. Next week, the wraps come off the "Autograph" range; high-fashion women's wear, designed by famous names and sold in separate areas within the stores. This is a dramatic break with company tradition, in which the famous St Michael label was thought to be a brand that needed no further recommendation.

The Money Programme has been granted unique access to the planning and preparations for this vital launch, and has talked to the senior people behind it. Will this see the beginnings of a revival for Marks and Spencer? Or will it be just one more chapter in its decline? Ros Bew reports.More...

Banking Review - Interview with Donald Cruickshank
Britain's biggest banks are determined to impose some new charges for the use of cash machines despite making billion pound profits and this at a time when they are under a government commissioned review headed by Donald Cruicksank. The report is expected in the next few weeks but tonight he warns the banks that his final verdict on the industry may prove tougher than expected. Donald Cruickshank interviewed by Maya Even at The Treasury.


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