Last week (to July 11) department store group John Lewis posted sales up 5.3% on last year, with some “decent scores” across the board.
Seventeen branches were up on last year with the south coast doing particularly well, with Poole up 13.8%, Knight & Lee up 7.8% and Southampton up 7.1%. Oxford Street and Peter Jones were impacted by reduced footfall during the tube and rail strike disruption on Thursday.
JL.com sales were strong at 21.4% up with EHT (Electricals & Home Technology delivering the strongest increase at 23.9% up year-on-year.
Overall, EHT was probably the pick of the directorates, delivering growth of 6.1%. Home delivered a year-on-year rise of 4.5% with big ticket, Outdoor Living and Furniture being the main driving forces.
Johnathan Marsh, buying director of EHT for John Lewis, said: “We remain optimistic for the week ahead, given that newness has started well and we go into the final week of Clearance.”