John Lewis summer clearance boosts weekly sales

// John Lewis weekly sales up 1.3% thanks to its summer clearance
// Fashion sales up 6.2%, driven by sales of beauty
// Total weekly sales at Waitrose decreased by 4.2%

John Lewis Partnership has revealed that its weekly sales at its department store chain enjoyed a boost thanks to its summer clearance collection.

Total sales at John Lewis for the week ending July 6 were up 1.3 percent as “customers continued to enjoy shopping summer clearance”.

Fashion sales were up 6.2 per cent, driven by sales of beauty, while its wellbeing and leisure range saw sales increasing by 12.4 per cent.

Price matching competitor beauty promotions drove beauty sales up by 17.6 per cent on the same week last year.

Menswear sales were up 9.8 per cent and Womenswear accessories increased by 6.6 per cent.

Sales excluding fuel were 4.1 per cent lower compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, home sales rose 0.5 per cent, with textiles and home accessories sales up 2.3 per cent on the same period last year.

Electrical and home technology sales were down 3.2 per cent but communications technology sales increased 4.7 per cent on the same period last year.

Meanwhile, total weekly sales at stablemate Waitrose decreased by 4.2 per cent, with chilled, fruit, veg, bakery, meat, fish, frozen, and dairy decreasing 2.3 per cent, while home and general sales were down 5.5 per cent.

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