Total sales last week (to December 12) for department store group John Lewis were up 3% on 2014 to £155m.
Online sales powered forward with a 15% advance, propelled by visits from mobile devices. For shops, ‘trade was tougher as we await the final pre-Christmas rush,’ reported managing director Andy Street.
But branches in Tunbridge Wells, York, Tamworth, Croydon, Heathrow and St Pancras grew their sales, with ‘relative strength’ also coming from Peterborough, Glasgow and Milton Keynes.
EHT (Electricals & Home Technology) led the results, with the attention on new merchandise across phones, watches and cameras, with audio in great support.
And in a record week for Home, the gifting elements advanced well, as did furniture – showing customers’ minds are still on preparing for Christmas.
Andy Street concluded: “The busiest days for shops are still ahead. Nevertheless, it looks as though we can judge it another successful Christmas for John Lewis – an achievement only possible through the hard work of all teams across the business.”