Handout of a shopper walking past a Marks and Spencers store. The high street giant said pre-tax profits were up 32.2% to £405.1 million in the six months to September 30. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 7, 2006. It came as group sales lifted 11% to £3.93 billion, driven by a high- profile advertising campaign featuring 1960s style icon Twiggy. See PA story CITY Marks. Photo credit should read: PA.