Not even the batch of celebrity promotions from the likes of simulation Twiggy and actress Dame Helen Mirren have been enough to raise womenswear auctions.
The data indicates Marks and Spencer clothing auctions ought to have struggling, and not just for women.
For the past five years, clothing auctions have been in an inexorable decline, but why have they been falling?
Was it the climate? Observes and Spencer blamed its most recent 5.8% drop in general product auctions – which include invests – on “unseasonal conditions and availability”.
However, retail specialist Nick Bubb says: “You can’t make excuses about the climate every year.”
He says that one of the main problems has been that the retailer has been circumvented, and bitten from both ends.
Discounters and budget series have been taking market share from M& S at the lower end. Labels like Zara and H& M are taking a clump out of the middle end of the market, while John Lewis has embezzled a march on M& S at the highest end.