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John Lewis sales up 3.9% last week

John Lewis saw its sales rise by 3.9% year-on-year last week as the combination of the bank holiday and half term helped the retailer to a “buoyant” week.

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John Lewis sales up 3.9% last week

John Lewis saw its sales rise by 3.9% year-on-year last week as the combination of the bank holiday and half term helped the retailer to a “buoyant” week.

Fashion sales increased by 10.6% with all areas achieving a strong result as customers bought items for the summer season and their holidays. Some of the best performing categories in womenswear included shoes, handbags, swimwear and nightwear while menswear saw strong performances from shoes, casualwear and sports. Children’s clothing and shoes also performed well due to half term. 

In the home directorate, sales rose by 7.9% boosted by healthy sales of outdoor furniture. Beds also put in a good performance with sales for the week more than double the previous year. 

Electricals and home technology fared less well with sales down 5.6% on last year.

Meanwhile, online sales increased by 19.7%.

In the shops, the best performing store was Chichester while the Exeter, Peter Jones, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Swindon, Leicester, Cheadle and Southampton stores also achieved percentage increases.

Liz Mihell, head of selling for John Lewis at Home, said: “The combination of a bank holiday and half term provided a more buoyant week. The weather across the country was somewhat varied but generally the temperatures lifted and, helpfully, there was at least a hint of summer for most areas.

“This week has certainly started unseasonably cold but the predictions are for a sunny end to the week giving us every opportunity to make the most of varying shopping needs.”

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