Sales of fashion at department store retailer John Lewis increased 0.3% over the week to August 22, driven by a strong performance from kidswear and womenswear.
Total sales at the 27-store retailer fell 2% to £47.1m, with only two stores in the retailer’s portfolio making gains on last year. Sales at the Cambridge store were up 2.2% and sales at Reading were up 1%.
The strong performance at Cambridge came primarily from the fashion department, with womenswear leading the performance with sales up 12%.
The retailer said that back to school sales got off to a good start, with the majority of schools in Scotland returning over the week, giving the retailer a taste of what is to come from the category over the coming days.
John Lewis Direct experienced double-digit growth, delivering a 22% sales increase against the same week last year.
John Lewis, selling operations director, Nat Wakely said: “So overall a pretty similar week to the previous week but with a lot to play for over the next few days with the shift in the bank holiday and the back to school peak.”