1985 : The Marks & Spencer Chargecard was launched nationally.
1986 : Marks & Spencer opened its first edge of town store at the Metro Centre in Gateshead. The introduction of furniture was supported by the launch of the Home Furnishing catalogue.
1988 : The company acquired Brooks Brothers, an American clothing company and Kings Super Markets, a US food chain. The first Marks & Spencer stores were opened in Hong Kong, also in this year.
1999 : The company published its own code of practice Global Sourcing Principles as a minimum standard for all suppliers in an effort to improve conditions for workers overseas.
1999 : Online shopping was launched on the Marks & Spencer website.
2000 : 12 items were awarded Millennium Product status, the highest number of awards made to any single company. These included Body Sensor Hosiery, Machine Washable Wool Tailoring, Non-Iron Cotton Clothing, Non-Polish Shoes, Imagemaster, Gas Powered Lorries, In-Store Bakery Oven, Thermotext Security Thread in Gift Vouchers, Advanced Design Refrigerator Display Case, Ultimate Body Bra, Sensitive Skin Clothing for Children and Secret Support clothing.
2000 : The 'Count On Us' range of food products was launched.
2000 : £15 million was raised via the Marks & Spencer Children's Promise Millennium appeal.
2001 : Machine Washable suits for men and the Bioform Bra were launched.
2001 : The Portrait of the Nation - commissioned on behalf of Marks & Spencer as sponsors of the self portrait zone at the Millennium Dome - began a tour of the country. The 15 panels displaying 250,000 photographs were created by artist David Mach R.A.