Electricals drive John Lewis sales

John Lewis has enjoyed another double digit rise in weekly sales, driven by strong demand for electricals and technology products.

The department store group said today that sales increased 9.9% year-on-year to £76.12m in the week to June 23.

Sales of electricals jumped 28.2%, powered in part by John Lewis’ largest-ever week on Apple and a 20% increase in e-reader sales as customers prepare for holidays, while small electricals lifted 11.3%.

Home nudged ahead of the year at 1.6%, with Home Accessories and Gifts driving a 9.8% increase.

Online also performed strongly with sales up 36.1%, with particularly strong demand for a special buy Nespresso Coffee Machine.

The top two performing shops were the John Lewis at home branch in Poole at 26.8%, followed by John Lewis at home in Swindon at 13.7%.

John Lewis also owns upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose. Here sales rose 1.8% to £107.5m for the week to June 23, driven by snackfoods and convenience dishes bought by customers watching the European Football Championships.

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