John Lewis weekly sales up 14.3%
John Lewis saw a 14.3% increase in its weekly sales last week as the earlier fall of Mothers Day this year helped to boost sales.
All selling branches reported sales increases on the same week last year. Swindon and Chester were the best performing 'at home' shops with their respective sales up by 27.9% and 24.5%. The retailer’s Milton Keynes and Glasgow department stores also performed well with sales rising by 21.9%. Online sales at johnlewis.com climbed 20.3% as the retailer’s new website continued to bed in.
Of the buying directorates, electricals and home technology led the way with a 33.1% increase in sales. Best selling products included tablets, white goods and computing, with the Oxford Street store in London reporting particularly strong sales.
Home sales were up 7.4% on last year as the retailer benefited from a rise in sales of gift products in advance of Mothers Day and Easter. The cold weather during the week also helped lift sales of bedding items.
Fashion sales grew by 7.3%, helped by strong sales of beauty products.
Tim Harrison, head of retail implementation and format development at John Lewis, said: "The combination of Mother's Day and an extravaganza, plus the Bonus announcement, clearly put everyone in the shopping mood, resulting in an excellent week of trade.
"As we head into Easter we need to maintain our focus on giving our customers great service and products."
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