The Times said that sales at John Lewis stores were up 20% on Good Friday compared to the same day last year, with sales across the Easter week up 7%. The increases were driven by menswear, along with sports equipment and televisions. At the Bluewater shopping centre store and the West Quay store in Southampton, sales were up almost 50%, with the poor weather favouring the shopping centre locations.
Some of Marks & Spencer largest investors are calling for chief executive Stuart Rose to put himself up for re-election at the next AGM, according to The Sunday Telegraph. According to the newspaper selected investors believe a re-election would ensure the company has shareholder approval for the recent shakeup of its senior management team. Rose was appointed chairman as well as chief executive before Easter, taking on both roles until 2011. The annual general meeting is set to take place on July 9.
The Mail on Sunday reported that Monsoon founder Peter Simon is planning a US fashion website. Asos co-founder Quentin Griffiths is believed to be overseeing the project which is thought to be based around celebrity-influenced styles. Simon will invest around £15 million in the website.
Lawyers have warned that UK sports brands may be affected by next month's European Court ruling on the protection of Adidas' three-stripe motif, according to The Sunday Times. Adidas has accused Dutch companies of infringing its trademark look by using two stripe motifs on some products. A ruling on the case, which was referred to the European courts last year, is due next month.