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John Lewis weekly sales rise 15.3%

John Lewis enjoyed another strong week of trade last week as the wet weather encouraged its customers to seek out some “retail therapy”.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

John Lewis weekly sales rise 15.3%

In the week ending 7 July, sales at the department store chain increased by 15.3% with all three buying directorates delivering uplifts on the same week last year.

The third week of the John Lewis clearance sale helped the home directorate to achieve an 8.9% increase as bath and bed linen sales rose 11%. Sales of official merchandise for London 2012 also stepped up, helping sales of gift collections to rise 51% on the year.

Fashion sales increased by 9.4% thanks to strong results in nursery and babywear, beauty and women's accessories.

However, electrical and home technology was the star performer with an uplift of 34% as customers bought TVs in anticipation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Of the stores, Poole, Swindon, and Croydon were the best performers with uplifts of 40.2%, 26.6% and 23.3% respectively. Online sales at johnlewis.com were up 45% on the same week last year.

Commenting on the results Paula Nickolds, buying director, home, John Lewis said: "The summer months are likely to require a flexible and reactive approach to trading as the combination of unpredictable weather and a huge influx of tourists could present numerous opportunities. With only two weeks to go until the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, I'd encourage all Partners to be proactive in helping the business make the most of this unique time ahead." 

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