John Lewis celebrates 9.6% sales increase
Tills are ringing with festive cheer at department store chain John Lewis as it reports that sales for the week ending 3 December rose 9.6% year-on-year to reach Â£113.6 million. This represents a 15.1% rise in sales on the previous week.
While the figures for the same week last year were flattened by the snow which caused disruption to trade, last week’s sales were up 10.9% on the same week two years ago.
Fashion performed well during the week as the colder weather drove sales of coats, gloves and scarves as well as men’s and women’s cashmere, slippers and dressing gowns.
Sales of furnishings, chairs and tableware were also strong as customers prepared their homes for Christmas.
Online sales at johnlewis.com saw sales growth of 13.9% on last year when sales were boosted by customers buying online because of the snow. The retailer said the increase proved that customers found buying online at John Lewis convenient with the 'click and collect' service proving to be particularly popular.
Commenting on figures, Nat Wakely, Director Selling Operations John Lewis, said: "We are very pleased to have recorded such a strong uplift in sales this week particularly compared with two years ago when the figures were not skewed by heavy snowfall.
"We expect to see continued strong sales growth as there is no escaping that Christmas is around the corner now that we are firmly in the month of December."
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