THE anouncement by Marks and Spencer that it is to close 25 food stores under its overhaul plans had a claear impact with readers, and it was the business desk's most read article of the week.

The high street bellwether said it is closing 85 full-line stores in the coming financial year along with 25 Simply Food outlets which is on top of the 35 full-line branches closed in 2018-19 under a previously-announced restructure.