British department store John Lewis has announced that it enjoyed strong trade last week as the second week of its clearance sale helped the employee-owned retailer deliver a 17 per cent increase in sales on the same week last year.
In the week ending 30 June, all three buying directorates achieved double-digit increases in the store’s clearance sale, with Electricals and Home Technology becoming the top performing directorate with an uplift of 30.8 per cent.
With the Olympic Games fast approaching, London 2012 merchandise helped Fashion to achieve a 12.8 per cent increase on the same week last year, with womenswear delivering an increase of 14.8 per cent, while accessories and beauty recorded a 15.6 per cent rise, which was fuelled by customers shopping for premium brands and handbags.
Once again the retailer had an impressive week online at Johnlewis.com with an increase of 28.4 per cent on the same week last year, and the best performing store was Poole with sales up 34.1 per cent.
Ed Connolly, buying director, EHT, John Lewis said: "The balance across retail was also very pleasing, with all our channels complementing one another's growth and a positive figure online of +28.4% sitting alongside all but one of our LFL shops in positive figures, with 16 of them showing double-digit growth and excellent scores from the 'at home' format, too."