John Lewis weekly sales up 15.3%
John Lewis celebrated a strong start to the September trading period last week with a 15.3% increase in sales on the same week last year as parents preparing for their childrens return to school helped drive footfall in stores.
The retailer said that trading was particularly buoyant over the first weekend, including the bank holiday Monday, with the latter part of the week also seeing strong trade as 'back to school' became a reality.
In the shops, three of the more established 'At Home' stores led the way with Poole, Croydon and Swindon all achieving increases in excess of 20%, and reporting strong bank holiday business, with 'back to university' also driving good footfall.
Of the full-line shops, Southampton and Reading performed best with sales rises of 17.5% and 16.2% respectively. There was also an upward shift in performance at jl.com, with sales up in excess of 36%.
Of the buying teams Electricals and Home Technology saw sales increase by 24.9% as the buying team benefited from strong sales of tablets as students prepared to return to school and university. Sales of white goods and small electrical products were also strong. Fashion also benefited from 'back to school' buying with sales up 11.9% while in the Home directorate sales rose by 11.6%
Chris Hooper, head of operational support at John Lewis, said: "Last week represented a strong start to the September trading period, with an advantage over the same week last year of +15.3%.
As you read this, a new and exiting development will have launched in the form of 'Somerset' by Alice Temperley – inspired by her love of her home county. A really exciting collaboration for the Fashion team."
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