John Lewis sales up 3.3% last week
The star performer was once again the Electricals and Home Technology directorate where sales rose by 15.3% on the same week last year. Trade was boosted by the launch of the John Lewis digital radio which helped Audio & Imaging to a gain of 27.6%. Tablets also performed well as a result of a promotional three-year guarantee on iPads.
In the Home directorate trade was tougher with sales falling 3.8%, although sales in furniture were buoyant helped by the launch 'Any Shape, Any Fabric' offering.
Fashion sales edged down 0.9%, despite the return to school driving a 9.8% increase in schoolwear. Nursery also put in a solid performance as new assortments boosted sales.
In the branches, the stand-out performances came from Swindon, where sales were up 12.6%, and Milton Keynes with an increase of 7.9%.
Online sales at johnlewis.com climbed by 19.9%, helped by an especially good Click & Collect performance.
Looking ahead, John Lewis head of retail implementation and format development Tim Harrison said: “The holidays are over, the schools are all back and we could now do with the next turn of the changing seasons. The new products in our shops are getting a great reception from customers and we have it superbly presented in both shops and online, allowing us to make the most of the new season.”
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