John Lewis sales up 5.3% last week
Director of retail services Barry Matheson said the impact of the warm weather and the later fall of Easter this year meant that it was difficult to make comparisons with the same week last year.
He added: “Trade in the shops looked relatively strong going into the weekend but the warm weather in the south of the country took the edge off the weekly total, particularly in some of the major regional shopping destinations.”
Online trade held up throughout the week with sales rising by 22.5% boosted by a 45% increase in Click & Collect orders.
The fine weather helped fashion sales to climb by 7.7% year-on-year with sunglasses, sandals and linen items performing particularly well.
Although electrical and home technology sales rose by 6.8%, they were not immune from the effect of the weather. A drop in footfall drew trade away from tablets although sales of larger electrical appliances, especially white goods, held up well.
The home directorate saw sales edge up by 0.8% helped by a good performance in big ticket areas and forward orders.
The retailer’s refurbished shop at High Wycombe saw the biggest year-on-year increase with sales up by 19.3% in the week. This was followed by the Newbury, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Norwich stores which all achieved sales rises above the 5% mark.
Matheson added: “Looking forward we have numerous promotional and seasonal opportunities to make the very best of the opportunities ahead of us.”
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