Marks and Spencer, like many other retailers, has had to make huge changes during the pandemic. Its latest change comes to its clothing section where some stores will stop stocking formal suits.
During the same period, M&S said sales of casualwear were up by 61 percent online.
Despite the decline in demand, shoppers expressed their sadness on Twitter.
One person said: “It’s been a long time coming but Marks and Spencer is the best place to get suits, I hope my local still sells them.”
Another wrote: “It’s a sad day because they were so affordable and it’s always hard to order online, need to try them on.”
“However, we still want to be the go-to for a great suit whatever the occasion. Lots of men want help buying a suit from an expert so during the pandemic we also launched online video consultations.”
M&S continues to sell ties and shirts at its 254 larger stores which offer clothing as well as food.
For customers buying suits online, they can pick from a huge selection of collection points including M&S stores.
In other news, Marks and Spencer recently partnered with British Corner shop to sell its food items in more than 150 countries.
Mark Callaghan, British Corner Shop Managing Director, said: “British Corner Shop connects quality British brands to customers worldwide, which is why partnering with M&S, one of the most iconic British brands, is a perfect fit for both parties.
“Our customers are not just British expats but other nationals who appreciate the quality assurance they get from buying British made products.
“So, not only will our expat customers be overjoyed they can now refine with their most missed M&S foods, but our non-expect customers will no doubt rejoice as well.”