Things have taken a strange turn at Marks & Spencer, the venerable international food- and department-store retailer based in London. M&S -- once a beacon to the world of fresh-prepared food and all the logistical backstaging that implies -- has fallen on evil days. Its sales and profits have taken a decided downturn, and, as often the case in such situations, it has been buffeted by numerous executive reshufflings and now is openly cited as a takeover target. As for its Kings Super ...

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