Marks & Spencer sells retail business in Hong Kong to Al-Futtaim

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( via — Tue, 2 Jan 2018) London, UK —

LONDON (Reuters) – Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) has sold its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau to its franchise partner Al-Futtaim as it retreats from international markets to focus on its core business in Britain, the company said on Tuesday.

Al-Futtaim, which already operates 72 M&S stores across 11 markets in Asia and the Middle East, purchased 27 shops in the deal, which completed on Dec. 30, M&S said.

The move follows a strategic review by M&S in November 2016, in which the company laid out plans to shut more than 80 stores at home and abroad as well as to seek joint ventures and franchise partnerships.

by Paul Sandle