Housewares shine in John Lewis weekly sales

John Lewis enjoyed “a really strong week’s trade” in the seven days to June 30, with sales at the department store group up 17% to £75.7m

Housewares shine in John Lewis weekly sales

During the period, which was the second week of the retailer’s Clearance sale, double-digit increases were registered across John Lewis’s main product categories: Home, Fashion and Electricals & Home Technology.

Home sales were up 11.9%, highlighting the strength of the Clearance offer, with gains from Cooking and Dining at 13% and a star performance from Home Accessories and Gifts at 23.2%.

John Lewis buying director, EHT, Ed Connolly said: “The balance across retail was very pleasing, with all our channels complementing one another’s growth, and a positive figure online of of 28.4% sitting alongside.

“All but one of our shops were in positive figures, with 16 showing double-digit growth and excellent scores from the ‘at home’ format, too.”

Sales at sister supermarket chain Waitrose were up 3.2%, driven by shoppers stocking up on “warming and comfort foods that are more reminiscent of the winter months,” due to the damp weather. But experienced its strongest sales outside of Christmas, with total orders up 67.5% on last year.

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