Marks & Spencer to hold another 20% off saleM&S to goes head to head with Debenhams again

04 December 2008

Marks & Spencer

John Lewis and Marks & Spencer lead the way for home and garden products

Marks & Spencer is to hold a second one-day, 20%-off sale on Thursday to encourage shoppers to keep spending during the run-up to Christmas.

The chain will once again go head-to-head with with department store Debenhams, which began a three-day sale on Wednesday offering reductions of up to 20%.

Marks & Spencer (M&S), which was voted one of the most popular retailers in the Which? annual , held its first one day sale for four years in November.

M&S sale

M&S customers will receive 20% off all clothing, homewares and wine - both in stores and online. The store is also offering 20% off Christmas cakes and puddings.

The 20% discount will be available online at Marks and Spencer's website during today, and many stores will remain open until midnight to capitalise on bargain-hunting late-night shoppers.

You can find out how the M&S online store fares for customer satisfaction in our .

High street bargains

Commenting on the second ‘One Day Christmas Spectacular,’ M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose said: 'Our last One Day Christmas Spectacular went down really well with customers. We know that people are feeling the pinch and we want to give them a helping hand in the run up to Christmas.'

High street rival Debenhams has also already held a number of flash sales, which it said had increased customer numbers by about two-thirds.

You can find out how to be a savvy sale shopper in our online guide to .

VAT cuts

M&S's 20% off offers will apply on top of the recent reduction in VAT on all applicable items.

Stores are changing shelf labels to reflect cuts - and some have done so already - but in many you may need to ask staff for the new price. Stores have until 14 December to change prices.

Which? researchers trawled high street chains this week and found a Which? Best Buy Miele washing machine with a price tag of £800 in Currys was in fact £17 cheaper because of the recent cut in VAT from 17.5% to 15%.

We found a Best Buy Hotpoint fridge freezer with a £320 price tag at Argos was in fact more than £6 cheaper with the cut. 

At the Apple shop, we found Apple's iPod Touch 32GB was £6 cheaper at the till than the price shown - though John Lewis sells it for £1 less. At Carphone Warehouse, a £400 Apple iPhone on a pay-as-you-go tariff was in fact £8 cheaper.

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