LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - British retailer Marks & Spencer reported a slightly better than expected fall in clothing and homeware sales in the key Christmas quarter and said its overall guidance for its full 2017-18 year was unchanged.
The group said on Thursday clothing and homeware like-for-like sales fell 2.8 percent in the 13 weeks to Dec. 30, its fiscal third quarter.
That compared to analysts’ average forecast of a 3.4 percent fall and a second quarter decline of 0.1 percent.
Same store food sales fell 0.4 percent - better than analysts’ average forecast of a 1.1 percent decline and compared to a 0.1 percent fall in the previous quarter. (Reporting by James Davey; editing by Kate Holton)