The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington have scuppered Marks and Spencer's hopes for a quick sale of its US subsidiaries Kings and Brooks Bros. Two weeks ago the company insisted the attacks would not delay the sell-offs. But this week it revealed that they had caused "severe disruption" to the disposal process. Marks and Spencer was expecting to close the deal to sell Kings by the end of September and Brooks by mid October. l French department store chain Galeries Lafayette said it had submitted a bid for Marks and Spencer stores in France. {{NEWS }}