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Furniture helps drive John Lewis growth as overall sales soar

JLDowntonFitted furniture and bedroom helped John Lewis increase home sales last week, as it saw record overall sales thanks to Black Friday.

Home sales rose by 3.7% in the week to 28 November, with fitted furniture sales up 31.7% and beds and bedroom furniture 21.2% higher.
‘In a week which saw trade fuelled by Black Friday and our price matching of competitor events, sales were up 4.8% on last year, up 27.6% on two years and up 60.1% week-on-week. It was John Lewis's biggest ever week for sales, at £187.7m. Sales on johnlewis.com were up 15.5% year-on-year,’ says Dino Rocos, John Lewis operations director.
‘The stand-out success of the week came from our Distribution teams, who, across Black Friday and the following Saturday and Sunday, processed 18% more parcels compared to last year. This equated to five units per second during the peak hour. Black Friday marks the first of the three peaks of Christmas and there was huge anticipation for the day this year and high expectations to meet. I'm very proud of the fact that we delivered successfully for our customers; this is testament to the work of our Partners both on the day itself and in our forward planning.’
Home sales for the 17 week period are up by 1.8%.