Snow in spring can’t stop John Lewis as sales rise 13.5% Thursday, 28th March 2013
Blossom and daffodils may have been replaced by sleet and snow in the run up to Easter, but John Lewis continues on its winning streak, with sales up 13.5 per cent year-on-year. Despite a marked contrast to last year’s balmy March, it seems the weather did little to abate the UK’s appetite for shopping as the department store chain managed to report strong growth across its branches and online.
Sainsbury's market share increases 6.2 per cent, while Tesco's falls Tuesday, 26th March 2013
Kantar World Panel has published its latest grocery market share report. The report covers the 12 weeks leading to 17th March 2013 and reveals that Sainsbury’s achieved a significant increase in its share of the market, while rivals Tesco and Morrisons saw theirs decrease. Sainsbury’s was undisputedly the retailer with the greatest increase among the “big four” of Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.
Waitrose to launch gardening range Tuesday, 19th March 2013
Waitrose expand their assortment with a new range of gardening products. The food chain has decided to take advantage of their customers’ interest in horticulture and announced it will launch a new range of gardening products and plants. According to The Telegraph, the products will be available in stores from next week.
Mother’s Day brings 14% rise in weekly sales for John Lewis Friday, 15th March 2013
Total sales rose 14.3 per cent year-on-year for John Lewis, as an early Mother’s Day boosted a strong set of results across the partnership’s UK stores. All of John Lewis’ selling branches reported increases on last year, with Swindon leading the way yet again with a 28 per cent rise in sales, Chester close behind with a 25 per cent increase and Milton Keynes up 22 per cent as shoppers made the most of its full refurbishment.
Another strong week for John Lewis as sales rise 13.3% Friday, 8th March 2013
Sales grew by an impressive 13.3 per cent last week as 16 of John Lewis’ department stores reported a double-digit rise in sales figures. The retailer’s new format shops in Swindon and Tamworth lead the way for sales in the seven days to 2 March, up 33 per cent and 25.6 per cent respectively, compared with last year’s results.
Pippa Middleton to write monthly column for Waitrose Magazine Wednesday, 27th February 2013
Pippa Middleton has been announced as the new columnist in Waitrose’s monthly magazine Waitrose Kitchen. Titled “Pippa’s Friday Night Feasts’, the column is set to feature for the first time in the magazine’s April issue and will consist of tips and advice concerning casual dinners and recipes.
“Mixed bag” for John Lewis results as half term impacts sales Friday, 22nd February 2013
John Lewis reported a “mixed bag of events” for the week ending 15 February, but still managed an 8 per cent rise in sales on the year before. The department store said six out of its seven days of trading reported positive sales gains, with especially strong weekend trading clocking up a 16 per cent rise in sales on Sunday 10 February and an 11.5 per cent rise on Saturday 15 February.
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