John Lewis Partnership buoyed by Black Friday weekend as weekly sales rise 6.1%

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John Lewis Partnership buoyed by Black Friday weekend as weekly sales rise 6.1%
John Lewis Partnership's year-to-date figure improved, declining 0.8% year-on-year compared to the 1.1% decline recorded last week.
// John Lewis Partnership’s overall sales grow 6.1% in the week ending December 7
// Waitrose weekly sales dip 2.5%
// John Lewis weekly sales jumps 14.8%

John Lewis Partnership’s weekly sales were buoyed by the Black Friday weekend last week, as customers continued to take advantage of promotions at its department store chain.

For the week ending December 7, overall sales for the parent company of John Lewis and Waitrose grew 6.1 cent year-on-year, from £291.92 million to £309.63 million.

While this is a slowdown on the prior week’s 29.7 per cent growth – due to Black Friday proper falling on that week – the partnership’s year-to-date figure improved, declining 0.8 per cent year-on-year compared to the 1.1 per cent decline recorded last week.


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The partnership’s eponymous department store chain saw total sales for the week grow 14.8 per cent on the same week last year, thanks to a strong end to its Black Friday event.

John Lewis said total sales for the full 11 day Black Friday promotion event were up 10.2 per cent on last year’s event, with Cyber Sunday and Monday sales up 10.9 per cent compared to the equivalent trading days last year (November 25 and 26, 2018).

Fashion sales were up 12.5 per cent last week, with growth across all main categories: 5.2 per cent growth in womenswear, 10.5 per cent growth in women’s accessories, 11.6 per cent growth in menswear, 18.7 per cent in men’s footwear, and 17.9 per cent surge in beauty, wellbeing and leisure.

Home sales were down 2.3 per cent, although furniture and flooring sales were up 6.9 pert cent and cookware up 43 per cent due to  Black Friday promotions.

Meanwhile, electrical and home technology sales jumped 34.8 per cent.

At stablemate Waitrose, total sales excluding fuel were down 2.5 per cent compared to the same week last year.

The grocer said ambient sales were down 1.7 per cent, chilled and fresh food sales declined two per cent, and home and general merchandise sales dropped 12.4 per cent.

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