Snow hits trade at John Lewis as sales rise 6.7% last week
John Lewis said its sales growth was held back last week as snow hit much of the UK.
In the week ending 19 January, sales were up 15% going into Friday but momentum slowed at the weekend when snow pushed into Wales and England. Despite a quiet Friday and Saturday, sales grew by 6.7% overall during the week.
Online sales at johnlewis.com rose by 40.3% as many customers chose to stay at home to do their shopping. Of those shops missing the worst of the weather, Glasgow led the way with sales up 9.2% followed by Oxford Street and Trafford.
Electricals and home technology sales were up 29.6% in the week due to strong sales of tablets, audio streaming equipment, cameras and televisions. Juicers were also popular as customers began their New Year detox regimes.
Sales of homewares and furniture edged up 1.7% driven by strong trade in lighting and bedding.
Fashion was the worst affected by the reduced footfall resulting in a 6.8% fall in sales although the new season's lines were well received by customers.
Simon Russell, director of retail operations development, said: "As our financial year comes to an end this week, Partners can look back with real pride at a year that has delivered sound growth, despite a retail environment that has brought plenty of challenges and change for retail.
"2013 will be just as challenging and I am sure that the continued efforts and power of many committed and passionate partners around the business will stand us in good stead for the year ahead."
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