John Lewis like-for-like sales up 13% over Christmas
John Lewis has reported a 14.8% uplift in trade in the five weeks to 29 December compared to the same period last year, as sales reached £684.8 million and like-for-like sales rose 13%.
Electricals and home technology sales were up 30.9% on last year while fashion and beauty sales rose 10.4%. Home sales increased by 6.2%.
Online sales at johnlewis.com climbed 44.3% in the five week period and now account for a quarter of the total John Lewis business.
The fourth week of the period, from Sunday 16 December to Saturday 22 December, saw record sales of £157.8 million, up 26.5% on 2011 sales for the equivalent week, and broke through the £150 million barrier for the first time.
In the following week, to Saturday 29 December, sales rose 11.5% to reach £112.9 million helped by a record day of £31.7 million for the first day of the retailer’s clearance sale on 27 December.
Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, said: "I am delighted that John Lewis has delivered record breaking sales figures over the Christmas period and the first five days of Clearance. In an economic climate which continues to be volatile, to have achieved these results is testimony to the strength of the John Lewis brand and the commitment of all our Partners to give outstanding service.
"The success of our online operation and our pre-eminence as an omni-channel retailer cannot be underestimated. Sales at johnlewis.com broke through the £800 million milestone during December supported by an excellent performance from our Click and Collect facility which allows customers the flexibility to buy online and collect from John Lewis and Waitrose outlets.
"Above all, our success can be attributed to the inspiring and innovative products we offer our customers coupled with their trust that we will always provide the best quality and value and will always fulfil our Never Knowingly Undersold promise."
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