John Lewis Partnership buoyed by Father’s Day sales

John Lewis weekly

The John Lewis Partnership has bounced back after a small blip last week, recording a two per cent uptick in overall weekly sales to £218.99 million.

The eponymous department store division was the star division of the partnership, with customers buying Father’s Day gifts boosting sales by 5.7 per cent year-on-year.

The fashion department had a strong week with sales up 10.9 per cent, with driven by a 19.7 per cent surge in menswear thanks to Father’s Day.

Womenswear sales grew 11 per cent sales while own-brand clothing welcomed 11.2 per cent sales growth.

Women’s accessories also had a strong week with sales up 15.4 per cent and jewellery up 20 per cent.

Home sales were down 0.4 per cent, but Father’s Day gifts within the gifts, cook and dine department delivered overall growth of 3.6 per cent.

Outdoor living also continued to perform well with sales up 3.8 per cent, while electrical and home technology sales were up 6.2 per cent year-on-year.

“We saw strong sales of gaming products and TVs continued to do well as customers prepared to watch the beginning of the World Cup,” John Lewis buying director Christine Kasoulis said.

Meanwhile, at Waitrose divisional sales excluding fuel were down 0.1 per cent compared to the same week last year when the UK enjoyed warmer weather.

Father’s Day led to a strong week of sales for spirits and men’s toiletries had the best week of sales excluding Christmas.

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