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18 February 2011

Electricals lead the way at John Lewis

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ELECTRICALS and home technology products proved to be John Lewis’s best sellers in the week to February 12.

It beat the other buying directorates (home and fashion) with a year-on-year rise of 2.4 per cent.

Small electrical products and IT equipment notched up double-figure increases on last year and blenders and mixers also performed well, said director of operational development Lesley Ballantyne.

Total sales at the department store group were up 1.4 per cent on figures for the same week last year.

“We should be really pleased to achieve a second week with an increase in the new financial year, especially as the later fall of Valentine’s Day has given us tough comparisons to match,” said Ms Ballantyne. Trade held up even though, as Ms Ballatyne pointed out, “a plethora of sporting events on Saturday” affected footfall.

Top performing store was again Peter Jones in London’s Sloane Square, which saw sales 3.2 per cent up on last year. Along with the Cambridge store (where sales grew by 0.7 per cent), it was the only one to see sales exceed last year’s score.

Online business at johnlewis.com, however, is still growing – this time by 31.9 per cent