Former Cadbury chairman Roger Carr has ruled himself out of the running to succeed Sir Stuart Rose (pictured) as chair of Marks & Spencer.

Carr had been touted as a possible contender to join Marc Bolland at the helm of M&S but is now thought to be concentrating on other opportunities. The retailer plans to have identified Sir Stuart’s successor ahead of its AGM in July.

The news comes with M&S tipped to announce a rise in profits of around 5% for the past year.

The high street icon delivers its latest annual results tomorrow, with profits expected to have climbed to £632m.

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