Last week (to October 18) produced a mixed trading picture for John Lewis, with sales up 6.3% on last year.
The Home Directorate enjoyed a strong week for the department store group, with sales up 11.8% on last year. Furniture was the powerhouse, with beds continuing its general upwards trend and scoring a sales increase of over 40%, while floor coverings were also on fine form.
John Lewis director of selling, north and new format Maggie Porteous said: “Although the continuing unseasonable warm weather had an impact, online sales were strong at 25.9% up on last year, with Click & Collect continuing to power ahead.
“The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the successful opening of our first John Lewis in a railway station at St Pancras. Small but perfectly formed describes the shop well, with the stunning design set off against the Grade 1 listed architecture of St Pancras. In the heart of this historic building we have opened a truly trailblazing omni-channel shop, which at once found favour with customers, both for immediate purchases, and for those wanting to click and commute.
“This week we see schools breaking up for half term across the country; the traditional start of customers’ minds turning to Christmas. And across John Lewis we are all set, with the shops sparkling with their new Christmas decorations, the Christmas Annual now being read across the country and our contact centres and distribution centres all ready for the uplift in activity.”