Position last year: 65
The UK’s seventh-largest clothing retailer by volume and 10th largest by value, James Brown led Sainsbury’s growth in sales of its clothing arm Tu by almost 10% for the 28 weeks to September 26, strengthened by the launch of ecommerce in August.
Described as “exceeding expectations” his push for a nationwide online launch made the full Tu range available to 93% of Sainsbury’s customers who live within a 10-minute drive in one of its 710 click-and-collect enabled stores.
During the period the supermarket also opened a 1 million sq ft general merchandise depot at the Daventry International Rail Freight terminal in Northamptonshire, creating 900 jobs.
Sainsbury’s in general is benefiting from the shifting supermarket landscape. In July it overtook Asda to become the UK’s second biggest supermarket and while Tesco still leads the pack, it will be interesting to see if Brown can capitalise on its rival’s turmoil in order to claim a greater slice of the consumer fashion spend at supermarkets.