Sales at John Lewis rose 7.3% last week (to February 22) thanks to “the first real respite to the wet weather of recent weeks, combined with February half term”.
Sales at the department store group’s branches were slightly up, boosted by half term footfall, while online performance lifted 29.1%.
Sales in Home closed up 0.5% driven, in part, through strong lighting sales, which were up 8.4%. Both Living and Dining, and Beds and Bedroom also had double-digit growth on the year. But EHT (Electricals & Home Technology) was the best performing product category, up 13.2% with double-digit growth in most areas.
John Lewis operations director Dino Rocos said: The week provided a great end to the first trading period of the year, putting us in a good position for the year to come. New product is arriving daily, providing that pop of colour and intrigue to brighten our customers’ days. As the clouds begin to part and we see that glimmer of sunshine, we know that spring is truly on its way and judging by this week, we are perfectly set for it.”