We were chatting about M&S today, remarking on how M&S food seems to be going the way of its clothing - increasingly uninteresting and not much better than cheap and cheerful because cheap and cheerful keep catching up.
Marks & Spencer has reported falling clothing and food sales and warned that it sees little improvement in sales this year.
Like-for-like sales, which strip out the impact of new stores, were down 2.2% for the six months to the end of September.
Food sales were down 2.9% and clothing and home sales slid 1.1%.
M&S warned trading conditions for the remainder of the financial year will remain "challenging".
"We are expecting little improvement in sales trajectory," the firm said.
It's years since I bought clothes from M&S because even supermarkets do clothing just as well.
M&S food seems to have had a good start but times change rapidly. Now it lacks imagination and is not as well presented as many of the larger farm shops. I'm surprised M&S has lasted so long, it seems perennially unable to find a way of staying ahead of the game. Tough game though.