Strong cookshop sales contributed to a 14.9% increase in sales at John Lewis in the first half of the year – and 11.4% growth over 2008’s pre-recession figures.
The retailer said it had won market share in each of its buying groups: fashion; electrical and home entertainment; and home – which enjoyed a 16.7% sales surge.
Cookshop and tabletop have “been in great form”, according to John Lewis, along with gifts and lighting. Fitted furniture has also been in demand, and the performance of beds and bedroom “has been outstanding”.
In terms of channels to market johnlewis.com took the lead, upping sales by 36%, which, said the retailer, “really does stand out against the market”. The website is John Lewis’ biggest business along with its Oxford Street, London, store.
Top stores were Oxford Street, Bluewater, Trafford, Cambridge, Leicester, London’s Peter Jones and Kingston. “Indeed, across the established shops the recovery was decisive,” John Lewis said.