Weekly sales figures

 

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John Lewis weekly sales figures for last week (to 23 August 2014) published on Friday 29 August 2014

Managing Director: Andy Street
Retail Director: Andrew Murphy

John Lewis weekly sales graph

 

Week 4

2014-15 £76.46m
2013-14 £67.93m
2012-13 £63.74m

 

Percentage increase

Week 4 to 23 August 2013-14 12.6
4 weeks to 23 August 2013-14 9.9
Week 4 to 23 August 2012-13 20.0
4 weeks to 23 August 2012-13
17.0


Fashion sales herald end of summer

A superb week's sales which grew by 12.6% on last year, with double-digit increases posted by all three buying directorates.

Fashion saw the fastest growth with a 14.3% rise versus last year, led by a terrific week in Womenswear which was up 17%. Own Brand and Wholesale were driving the increases, with a very strong performance from Outerwear, in what was a rather wet and windy week. Coupled with the strong numbers in cashmere, we have a signal that summer is coming to an end!

Childrenswear was on similar form, up 16.7%; cold weather clothing was again strong at 37% up, complementing what was an outstanding week for Back to School and a great response to our new Babywear ranges which were up 37%.

Nursery, Toys and Haberdashery were all in positive territory, alongside Menswear, up 15%, driven again by colder weather and a strong trend into tailoring.

Finally, Women's Accessories and Beauty achieved increases of 11%, with Premium Beauty, Shoes and Jewellery making the greatest strides forward. Home enjoyed a great week, up 13.9%, big ticket items driving trade at 15% up.

The affordable living pop-up has supported sales of our House and The Basics ranges, with 'Off to Uni' products stepping up 9%. Furniture and Textiles were both particularly strong last week, with forward orders also giving us cause to be positive about the coming weeks' trade.

In EHT, there were stand-out performances from Audio & Gaming, up 39%, and Large Electrical, up 24.5%. Here our bank holiday deals proved popular with customers, particularly our three-year guarantee offer, which saw our Computing businesses grow 36% versus last year.

With strong momentum from positive Bank Holiday Monday figures, we ought to be able to reflect on another good performance this time next week.

Ed Connolly
Buying Director, Fashion, John Lewis

Sales figures for selling branches and buying offices

The below figures are based on percentage increase on 2013-14.

Selling branches Week 4 Up to week 4
Total sales (inc VAT) 12.6 9.9
johnlewis.com 30.6 25.1
York New New
High Wycombe 28.5 30.8
Ashford New New
Oxford Street*
3.5 0.7
Kingston
8.3 6.4
Glasgow
12.9 5.1
Stratford City 10.8 12.8
Norwich 11.6 7.8
Cribbs Causeway
4.2 1.1
Sheffield
9.0 -0.4
Brent Cross
3.8 -2.4
Leicester
8.6 1.4
Liverpool
4.4 2.1
Swindon
21.5 7.5
Reading
4.3 -1.9
Peter Jones
2.1 -1.4
Newbury
21.3 16.7
Nottingham 3.2 -2.4
Exeter
9.2
10.4
Cheadle 1.9 2.2
Poole
11.1 10.8
Chichester 10.6 13.3
Heathrow Terminal 2 New New
Tunbridge Wells 9.7 12.8
Bluewater*
1.4 0.4
Chester
8.3 7.4
Southampton
1.4 2.7
Welwyn 1.6 0.0
Trafford
1.8 0.1
Croydon 5.0 9.1
Ipswich
5.5 7.9
Tamworth 4.6 7.1
Cardiff 1.4 0.3
Milton Keynes
0.5 0.4
Edinburgh
0.2 2.2
Aberdeen -0.3 -3.0
Peterborough -1.1 -0.5
Knight & Lee -8.1 -2.0
Newcastle -1.4 -1.1
Watford* -2.6 -1.2
Cambridge -1.8 -2.3
Solihull -5.8 -1.6

Ranked on £ increase compared to 2013-14 for the week

* including foodhall/little Waitrose

Buying offices Week 4 Up to week 4
Total sales (inc VAT) 12.6 9.9
Fashion 14.3 11.6
Electricals & Home Technology 10.9 7.1
Home 13.9 12.2