John Lewis has published its trading update for the five weeks to December 31st. The report shows that electrical and home technology sales were up by 4.0 per cent.
Online sales have now exceeded £600m for the year to date, with a 27.9 per cent increase for the five weeks.
Andy Street, managing director for John Lewis, commented: ‘The strength of our online operation was very much in evidence during this key five week period, confirming our strength as a pre-eminent multi-channel retailer. Sales at johnlewis.com broke through the £600m milestone during December and our Click and Collect operation, giving customers the flexibility of buying online and collecting from 129 John Lewis and Waitrose branches, continued operating right up to Christmas Eve in John Lewis and saw a 90 per cent increase in usage.”
The trading update, taken across The 35 John Lewis stores, johnlewis.com and 271 Waitrose supermarkets, reported that the total sales for the five weeks were £596m. This results in a 9.3 per cent increase in sales compared with the same period last year.