John Lewis highlights cookshop performance

John Lewis finished last week (to March 26) with total sales up 10.4% year-on-year to £85.2m.

The department store group’s director of selling David Barford noted that the fall of Easter week provided a strong backdrop to this performance.

He said sales in Home were up 8.5%, with sales of gift and home accessories (largely Easter decorations and chocolate) the main sellers. Other highlights throughout the week included cookshop, upholstery, outdoor living and stationary.

Sales in Electricals & Home Technology (EHT) were up 19.1%, driven by a strong set of results in vision, audio and connected home. Communications Technology had a good week too, with tablets and computers proving popular.

In Fashion, sales were up 4.9%, with menswear the stand-out performer at 12.1%. David Barford commented: “While the cold weather continues to be a challenge, sales of women’s casualwear and collaborations were a highlight.”

He continued: “With Easter now behind us, and the weather set to improve, we are in a strong position to showcase our Spring collection.”

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