Getting the figures out to the market at the scheduled time might be the only success for M&S boss Marc Bolland on Thursday.
Hamstrung by a clothes business that is halfway through a makeover, he hopes long-sighted shareholders will look beyond the nasty-looking drop in sales over the past year to an all-star clothing range in the autumn and a long-awaited website relaunch within the next year.
The new ideas seem appealing, but investors in it for the long-haul will recall that 18 months ago, Bolland set out a £600m revamp of M&S stores to inject new life into several departments – including clothing. Whatever is going wrong in this part of the business, it’s not through neglect.
Meanwhile, rivals like Primark continue to eat into M&S market share. The clock is ticking ever louder on the Dutchman’s turnaround plan.