Home stars again for John Lewis
Home, and furniture in particular, has continued to be a strong performer for John Lewis.
The department and At Home store chain enjoyed sales growth of 14.5% in the week to 3 May, despite its central London stores being hit by the tube strike. Home sales climbed by 10% as its At Home stores outperformed its full line department stores.
'Home also had a stronger week just creeping into a double-digit increase. The 150-year anniversary merchandise is clearly in demand but it was Furniture that recorded the greatest sterling impact on the week and also reported a healthy level of forward orders. Lighting and textiles also stood out as customers clearly continue to invest in their homes,' says Simon Russell, John Lewis retail operations director.
'It was very fitting to mark our 150th anniversary with a wonderful week's trade: 14.5% growth on last year was the icing on the cake to a very special week with brisk trade coming from both shops and online. Online sales grew by 33% with good traffic and strong conversion key. Click & collect was again the fulfilment method of choice for customers, with solid growth from John Lewis and particularly Waitrose where volumes almost doubled on the previous year.'
Its Chichester At Home branch saw sales rise by 28.7%, Swindon by 24.1% and Croydon by 22.9%