Marks & Spencer will start selling products via the Internet in time for Christmas, in a bid to regain its position as the darling of the high street.
The company said today it will open its virtual doors by Christmas, offering 48-hour delivery in the UK. However, like its high street stores, the M&S site will not accept credit cards, only debit cards Switch and Delta and its own chargecard.
M&S wouldn't reveal exactly which goods would be sold online and what the delivery charge would be. A spokeswoman said there would be a wide range of goods, which might include clothes. More details will be available in the Autumn, she added.
By becoming a Web merchant, M&S hopes to turn its 5 million monthly visitors to its site to online shoppers and revive its fortunes.
M&S announced a 41 per cent fall in profits for last year and critics have been quick to blame everything from the store's refusal to accept credit cards to declining quality of clothes.
The decision to sell online follows a trial earlier this year in which BT employees were able to buy from the M&S Spring 99 clothing range.
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