Marks & Spencer expects to close the sale of its US supermarket chain Kings in the next two weeks. M&S had hoped to sell the upmarket New Jersey based chain last autumn, but the September 11 attacks scuppered hopes for a quick sale and negotiations were thrown off course. Chairman Luc Vandevelde said he was negotiating the sale with three potential bidders. The comments followed an upbeat trading statement from M&S, which posted 5.4% growth in like for like food sales in the seven weeks to January 12. A spokeswoman said food had performed consistently, despite problems in other areas of the business: "Our food business didn't dip like our clothing but it continued to perform well throughout difficult times." {{NEWS }}