Marks and Spencer could benefit from Primark’s £409m acquisition of Littlewoods, research group TNS has said.

TNS found that few Littlewoods shoppers shop at Primark, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods, and are more likely to take their trade to M&S instead.

Fiona Bell, from TNS Fashiontrak, said: “No doubt several retailers will now be looking to refine and broaden their ranges to try to take advantage of the potential this change in the high street offers over the coming year.”