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John Lewis sales rise 9.4% as click and collect takes bigger share

Sales at John Lewis grew 9.4% to £1.87bn in the first half of the year, with like-for-likes up 8.2%, the department store retailer has reported.

Reporting its results for the six months to July 26, John Lewis said its operating profit increased by 62.2% to £56.3m.

Fashion sales went up 9.1%, with online fashion sales 33.9% up.

Online sales at John Lewis grew 25.6% to £552m and now represent more than 30% of merchandise sales. Shop sales increased by 3.6%.

Click and collect sales grew nearly 50% and now account for more than half of online sales.

Revenues across the wider John Lewis Partnership grew by 5.7% to £4.5bn, while the operating profit grew 53.3% to £176.1m, while profit before tax (before exceptional items) grew 12.1% to £129.8m.

During the period new stores opened including York and its first airport shop at London’s Heathrow Terminal 2.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of John Lewis Partnership, said: “Our sales growth was driven by more customers shopping with Waitrose and John Lewis, with customer numbers up by over 6% and 4% respectively. This reflects the growing appeal of our omni-channel offer across both brands, including the success of Click & Collect, which now accounts for more than half of John Lewis orders placed online, and the popularity of the myWaitrose and my John Lewis programmes, which are encouraging customers to shop more frequently with us across all of our channels.”

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