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John Lewis sales up 23.6% last week despite bad weather

John Lewis said the “horrendous” weather conditions last week did nothing to dampen its clearance trade as sales rose 23.6% on last year.

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John Lewis sales up 23.6% last week despite bad weather

In the week to 4 January, fashion sales surged by 27.7% with every buying group reporting double-digit increases and own brand fashion performing particularly well.

Home sales increased by 13% boosted by record trade in lighting products and strong performances in home accessories and gifts.

Electricals and home technology sales were also strong, rising by 30.2%, with buoyant sales in both red ticket merchandise and full priced goods.

The retailer said the wind and rain that battered parts of the UK throughout the week did not deter customers from its visiting its stores. New space performed particularly well with the Tamworth, Newbury, Swindon, Poole, Leicester and Stratford City stores all achieving sales increases at around or above the 30% mark.

Online sales grew by 34.4% on the same week last year.

Barry Matheson, John Lewis director of retail services, said: “A lot of hard work has been done throughout the year and, as we move towards the final few weeks of the trading year, our attention needs to focus on the remaining clearance period and the vital task of stocktaking.”

 

 

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