John Lewis sales boosted by back to school rush
"A last dash for the outdoors over the bank holiday weekend, and a renewed sense of urgency around Back to School, could be felt throughout our business as we traded into the weekend," said the department store chain.
Online sales were up 34% on last year driven by sales of back to school merchandise such as childrenswear which made an online increase of 185% on last year.
Stores delivered a more variable performance as several of the retailer’s biggest stores were undergoing major refurbishments in prepartion for the new season. Cardiff led with a 1.3% increase on last year followed by Leicester and Glasgow.
Sales in the Electrical and Home Technology category were up 7.8% for the week while Fashion achieved a smaller incresae of 1.6%. Home sales were down by 3.3%.
Susanne Given, buying director for Fashion and Beauty, said: "Autumn is now finally on its way, and we are excited about our new season's products and about-to-be-launched advertising campaigns - all of which will hopefully keep our customers inspired."
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