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.