In what is becoming two distinct camps of success and failure in the retail sector, Lush Cosmetics belongs firmly in the former when it comes to this year’s festive period sales.
UK retail sales excluding VAT for December 2010 rose by 6.8 per cent when compared to the same month last year.
Snow seems to have affected the whole industry during the month whether through declining high street footfall or delayed online deliveries, but Lush is one of the firms which has been able to plough on through.
Andrew Gerrie, Lush CEO, commented: “We’re delighted with our sales increase over Christmas, however we’re conscious of all the cost pressures that exist at the moment.
“Despite these challenges ahead we remain optimistic we can grow our business in 2011.”
Several retailers saw sales drift away in the heavy snow of early December, but Lush has joined Majestic Wines and JD Sports in increasing trading year-on-year despite the severe winter weather.
The cosmetics retailer is a rising star of the industry and has won praise and customers for its ethical business model.
Co-founders Mark and Margaret Constantine were last month awarded OBE’s in the Queen’s New Year honours list for their service to the beauty industry.