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Cooler week sees brisk trade for John Lewis Friday, 15th July 2011Even with some tough comparables from last year’s World Cup figures, John Lewis saw sales up 4.7 percent including VAT in the week to 9 July.
With a cooler weekend on the cards customers hit the department store chain, which saw sales leap 11 percent from last year. Online sales came in at a 20 percent increase, slightly beneath the year’s 26.2 percent rate so far, although click and collect sales rose by an impressive 50 percent.
However the trend seemed to falter in the north as John Lewis’ Scottish stores experienced a poor week, with Glasgow and Aberdeen both suffering a double digit decline in sales.
Waitrose also saw a few patchy sales reports for its stores, with three regions showing a decline in figures. Overall sales were up 7.2 percent, which lagged behind the year’s 8.6 percent rate, although personnel director Rob Collins said comparatives last year would be tough due to a warm weekend and World Cup barbeques 12 months ago
In typical British summertime fashion customers stocked up on soups, pies, beef joints and pizza to see in another cold July week.