John Lewis weekly sales up 6.2%

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday August 26) were up 6.2% on last year, at £83.8 million.

The department store group’s director of merchandising operations Jon Williams said Home sales were down 2.3%, although BBQ sales were up 11% “as customers made the most of the warmer weather heading into the bank holiday weekend”.

He noted that Electricals & Home Technology sales were also up, rising by 8.2%. “Vision had a strong week, with sales up 20.4%,” he said, “and communication technology also saw growth of 20.9%, with both Apple and Windows products performing strongly.

Fashion sales lifted 12.8%, driven by the price-matching of a competitor’s promotional event. Beauty, wellbeing and leisure sales performed particularly strongly, up 22%, and both menswear and womenswear enjoyed double-digit growth.

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