John Lewis sales rise 6.5% last week
Online director Mark Lewis said the later fall of Easter this year meant that it was difficult to make comparisons with the same week in 2013. However, several shops achieved strong double-digit growth including Chester, High Wycombe and Solihull. Other stores putting in strong performances included Leicester, Glasgow, Sheffield and Tamworth.
Electrical and home technology sales increased by 10.1% with growth in both large and small electrical products. Computing sales were also buoyant with a three-year guarantee offer driving sales of Apple computers.
Fashion sales climbed 8.5% as Mother's Day and in-store events drove a good performance in beauty.
Meanwhile, home sales edged up 0.5% as the warmer weather boosted sales of outdoor living products.
Online sales rose by 24.3% helped by increased traffic and conversion, particularly from tablets and smartphones. Click & collect sales amounted to a third of all sales at johnlewis.com with sales collected at Waitrose stores up 80% on last year.
Lewis said: “Considering the sunshine we enjoyed last week, it's hard to believe that it was snowing in parts of the country last year, but against that context we delivered another solid week's trade with sales 6.5% ahead of last year.
“With the seasonal calendar becoming more favourable over the coming weeks, it's all to play for.”
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