John Lewis sales defy gloomIncrease driven by sales of electricals

23 January 2009

John Lewis' flagstore in London

Department store John Lewis had a strong start to the year - reporting higher sales than a year ago.

John Lewis' sales were up by 4% overall, according to the retailer, with the increase mainly due to sales of electricals it says. 

Sales of electricals and home technology products were up 14.7% with customers buying televisions, computers and cameras.

John Lewis sales up, Waitrose sales down

Patrick Lewis, retail operations director for John Lewis, said: 'Healthy sales of our final clearance lines were well supported by the early arrivals of the new season stock.'

In comparison Waitrose, the supermarket arm of the John Lewis Partnership, saw a drop in sales of 0.8%. 

Values of sales falls

The Office of National Statistics reported that the value of retail sales fell by 0.8% compared to last year - the worst performance since records began in 1986.

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