// John Lewis Partnership’s overall sales grows 1.8% in week ending January 4
// Waitrose weekly sales edges up 0.5%
// John Lewis weekly sales increases 3.3%
John Lewis Partnership has kicked off the new year on a positive note, with the company posting weekly sales growth on the back of a Clearance sales campaign.
For the week ending January 4, overall sales for the parent company of John Lewis and Waitrose grew 1.8 year-on-year, from £242.04 million to £237.81 million.
For the year-to-date, sales have slipped by 0.5 per cent.
Total sales at the partnership’s eponymous department store chain were up 3.3 per cent on last year in what was the first full week of Clearance.
Fashion sales were up 6.4 per cent, boosted by 10 per cent growth in womenswear, 22.6 per cent growth in women’s accessories, 2.5 per cent growth in menswear, and 4.3 per cent uptick in beauty, wellbeing and leisure.
Overall home sales were down 0.5 per cent, despite a 3.4 per cent uptick in textiles & home accessories and 3.4 per cent growth across gifts, cook & dine as customers took advantage of offers across cookware and tabletop.
Meanwhile, electrical and home technology sales were up 4.4 per cent.
At Waitrose, total sales excluding fuel were 0.5 per cent higher than the same week last year.
The grocer said ambient sales grew 1.1 per cent, chilled and fresh food sales edged up by 0.4 per cent, and home and general merchandise sales dropped 6.3 per cent.
John Lewis Partnership said a full picture of its Christmas sales will be given when it reports its festive trading figures on Thursday.