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John Lewis sales up by 5.9%

RBR Staff Writer Published 07 April 2014

British department store chain John Lewis reported 5.9% rise in sales in the week to 29 March, with warm weather lifting the sales.

The chain's outdoor living sales surged 117%, as compared to the same period last year, when cold weather kept shoppers indoors.

Store footfall was up and online saw its highest sales so far this half, with sales through the channel up by 39.5%.

During the period, fashion sales grew 19.8% and accessories climbed 60.6%, driven by sunglasses, whose sales doubled year-on-year.

Electricals ended the week, up by 5.6%, driven by audio ands gaming, which were up 35.4%.

John Lewis Merchandising operations director Jon Williams said, "The fine weather over the weekend allowed customers to dream about spending more time outside. This was reflected in the significant increase in Outdoor Living sales."

John Lewis is a chain of department stores operating throughout Great Britain. The chain is owned by the John Lewis Partnership. As of April 2013, the John Lewis Partnership operated 43 John Lewis stores throughout England, Wales and Scotland.