Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

John Lewis sees mixed sales amidst mild weather

John Lewis saw sales rise 5% for the week to February 9 but sales were hit by mild weather last weekend.

The department store group said that fashion "stole the show" during the week and sales of the category rose 7.8%. There was double-digit gains across both menswear and womenswear. It said that new stock had performed well with solid gains across branded collections and John Lewis' own-label fashion. Girlswear was the best performing category within the kid's department.

John Lewis retail operations director, Patrick Lewis said: "Steady trade on Sunday and Monday got us off to a healthy start. We then accelerated in the middle of the week against very low figures from last year when snowstorms held back trade. That left us sitting on a strong increase going into Saturday, but beautiful weather diverted shoppers on the final day, making it impossible to maintain. We ended up more than 5% ahead of last year and almost double that on the two-year comparison."

Johnlewis.com scored sales growth of 39.5%. The best performing branch for the week was London Oxford Street with gains of 14.3% while the worst performers were Peter Jones in London's Sloane Square which saw sales fall 10.2% while the Watford branch fell back 9.5%.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.