Sales at John Lewis department stores climbed 16.5% to £58.3m last week as the back-to-school selling season got autumn off to a “flying start”.
The retailer reported that despite a “sluggish” beginning to the week, during which northern stores continued to face “challenging” conditions and there was Tube strike in London, the period to September 11 ended strongly.
Price-matching prompted by Debenhams’ four day Spectacular Sale last week drove growth in fashion by 25%. Johnlewis.com posted a 45% rise.
John Lewis said its stores in “middle England” such as Leicester and Trafford were the best performers and the completion of changes to the womenswear department in Oxford Street ”showed through in fantastic sales, particularly in women’s shoes”.
Operations director Dino Rocos said: “Overall an exceptional week’s trading result and, if we continue at this level, a great opportunity to maximise the successful autumn ranges through September and October.”
Yesterday John Lewis Partnership reported a 28% increase in first-half profits.