DEPARTMENT store John Lewis enjoyed an “encouraging” week of trading after strong demand for fashions helped a return to sales growth.
The chain said sales excluding VAT were up by 3.2% in the week to last Saturday – with takings at its fashion department 11.5% higher as shoppers snapped up premium beauty products, women’s brands and handbags.
The sales growth ends a run of three weeks when the chain’s sales excluding VAT fell on the previous year. Revenues including VAT were 5.3% higher at £53.5m.
Waitrose supermarkets, also owned by the John Lewis Partnership, lifted sales by 6.4% to £101.3m.
That compares with growth of 10.8% the previous week when sunny weather boosted sales of barbecue food.