Saint John of Lewis enjoys yet more sales growth

The John Lewis Partnership, famed in recent times for its employee-ownership model and concurrent soaring performance, has posted a 5.3% rise in its weekly sales.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 23 Aug 2013

Last week was a good one for the folks at JLP, according to trade mag Retail Week, as the department store arm of the company saw sales rise 5.3% to £67.9m compared with the same week last year.

It’s a pretty narrow timeframe to start making sales comparisons, but the retailer has enjoyed a strong performance recently, suggesting this is part of a wider picture to be revealed in Q2 this year. 

John Lewis head of buying for women’s accessories and beauty, Amanda Scott, said that fashion sales grew 19.6%, thanks in part to the chain’s ‘Extravaganza’ promotional push. 

She said: ‘The long-awaited sunshine encouraged customers to buy into warmer weather products particularly sunglasses, sandals, swimwear and linen – a definite sign that customers are more than ready to embrace summer when it arrives.’

The JLP groceries arm, Waitrose, also had a good time of it, reporting 11.1% sales growth in the quarter to April 27, and a massive 50.1% growth in its online sales. 

The partnership is on a roll at the moment, it seems. And with its whiter-than-white reputation, things look set for a good summer at JLP, too.

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