Sales at John Lewis edged back into positive territory for the week to June 13, up 0.4% to £45.92m.
John Lewis’ sales in the fashion division were up 0.3% for the week to June 13, a weaker performance than the previous week’s 3.7% increase, when contemporary branded womenswear, and holidaywear and kidswear boosted trade.
However, John Lewis said that the fashion performance was “creditable” considering that last year’s figures included Father’s Day.
The total sales increase was an improvement on the last couple of weeks’ negative figures when good weather hit footfall at the retailer.
For the week to June 13, John Lewis said that rain at the beginning of the week benefited the retailer, but better weather towards the end of the wee had a more negative impact on trade.
The Sheffield store continued to trade despite flooding on the Wednesday and beat expectations.
The Tube strike on Wednesday and Thursday of that week caused a big drop in footfall in the London stores in Oxford Street store and Peter Jones in Central London, although trading was better for the rest of the week.
John Lewis director of selling operations, region B David Barford said: “We had Tube strikes in London, floods in Sheffield, wet weather at the beginning of the week and hot weather at the end.”
“All of these factors contributed in their own way to our trading performance. Fashion achieved an increase of 0.3% and, when you factor in the last year Father’s Day comparison, this was a very creditable result, with women’s accessories and beauty, kidswear and haberdashery being the trailblazers.”
Stores in Southampton, Cambridge and Solihull all beat last year’s figures.
John Lewis Direct sales were up 26% on last year.