The last week (to July 12) of John Lewis' Clearance saw sales growth of 20% on last year for the department store group.

John Lewis At Home stores lead the way for weekly sales

The last week (to July 12) of John Lewis’ Clearance saw sales growth of 20% on last year for the department store group.

John Lewis At Home stores lead the way for weekly sales

John Lewis Director of Selling (Group L & S) David Barford said: “The customer appetite for a bargain continued, with Reduced to Clear up 9% and Special Buy up 4% against last year. As well as a healthy appetite for Clearance stock, we’re also seeing customers beginning to buy from the new season lines as they come into stock.”

Shops performed strongly, with sales up 16% on last year. The ‘At Home’ stores led the way: Chichester, Ipswich, Exeter and Tunbridge Wells all beat last year by 40% or more. Online sales enjoyed a lift of 31.5% on last year. Against the like-for-like Clearance week last year, demand was 19% up.

Home had a strong week all round, with sales up 23%. The result was driven by prominent Special Buy assortments; textiles and carpets ended 31% up and all buying groups achieved sales budgets. With the summer wedding season in full swing, gift list sales returned a 12% increase on last year.

EHT (Electrical and Home Technology) was up 19%. Large Electrical enjoyed their third biggest sterling week of the half. Within this Laundry was the star performer with Reduced to Clear stock leading the way.

David Barford concluded: “This coming week provides us with the opportunity to focus on coming out of Clearance strongly. With the summer holidays looming, customers will be – more than ever – looking for newness in our shops and online. This is timely for us, as with only one week left of the half year there is still a lot to play for.”

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