Marks & Spencer held its Christmas preview last week, when a very famous old face turned up.

Here, between clothing bosses John Dixon and Belinda Earl, is Sir Rick Greenbury.

He’s famous of course for leading M&S when it broke new ground by posting annual profits of £1bn.

As M&S prepares to introduce the apparel team’s lines into stores later this month, they’ll no doubt be satisfied with a move into like-for-like growth before chasing another billion.