John Lewis sales up 7.6% last week boosted by strong trade in electricals and home technology
John Lewis saw its sales rise by 7.6% year-on-year last week despite strong comparatives from the same period last year when sales of Jubilee and Olympics merchandise drove trade.
Electricals and home technology was once again the star performers with sales up 19.7%. The retailer said trade was bouyed by strong growth in online sales as well as by a 35% rise in vision sales.
In Fashion, sales edged up 3% as the new Autumn/Winter ranges delivered some early promising results. The retailer also benefited from Back to School trade, particularly in Scotland where schools have already returned after the summer break.
It was a tougher week in the Home directorate where sales dropped by 0.5% although a 'Back to University' promotion in Furnishing Accessories performed well as did sales of lighting.
Online sales at johnlewis.com climbed 19.5% helped by a 35% uplift in online sales coming from the retailer’s Customer Contact Centres.
In the stores, it was a particularly good week for the New Format shops with double digit growth seen in the Tamworth, Swindon, Croydon and Tunbridge Wells stores.
Barry Matheson, John Lewis director of retail services, said: “Last week's sales produced another very satisfactory performance, continuing the solid set of results we have seen throughout August.
“We enter the final week of August in good form and the bank holiday weekend gives us numerous opportunities to capture trade from the additional footfall that will be in our shops and extend our recent fine form.”
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