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Marks & Spencer leaves Amazon behind as new website goes live

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:21 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Marks & Spencer, Britain's biggest clothing retailer, has launched a new website platform, a key plank of its strategy to reverse nearly a decade of market share decline in its most profitable business.

The 130-year old group, which has reported 10 straight quarters of declining underlying sales in its general merchandise division including clothing, said on Tuesday its new site had gone live after over three years of development.

It replaced a previous platform provided by Amazon since 2007.

"We want to own our car, not rent it," Ms Laura Wade-Gery, the former Tesco executive recruited by chief executive Marc Bolland to develop M&S's online capability, told reporters.

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