John Lewis go from strength to strength this week following a 7.5 per cent growth in sales ahead of last year. Meanwhile, sister company Waitrose, boosted by a 25 per cent off wine and champagne promotion, recorded sales growth of 14.1 per cent. The John Lewis weekly sales report claims that sales across Home, Fashion and EHT all saw healthy growth boosted by Father’s Day sales.
The post of head of marketing at Waitrose has been aptly filled by Rupert Ellwood following a promotion as head of retail operations. Mr Ellwood will be filling the shoes of former head of marketing Sarah Fuller, who left her post last month to join The Garden Centre Group. His new roles will include taking charge of ad campaigns, customer publications and events.
A new traffic light labelling system designed to advise consumers on making healthier choices on food products is being introduced to major supermarkets and food manufacturers. 60 per cent of the food sold in the UK has already adopted the new scheme, with the Government hopeful that others will follow suit.
Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose continue to attract shoppers at either end of the grocery sector as the market’s polarisation intensified in June. Reuters on Tuesday reported that data from industry analysts Kantar Worldpanel found Aldi scored another all-time record share of 3.6 per cent in the 12 weeks to 9 June.
John Lewis Partnership’s UK upmarket chains Waitrose and John Lewis both faced a tough period last year due to bank holidays and tough Jubilee comparables.
John Lewis continue to post positive figures for week 18, recording an 8.4 per cent sales increase from the same time last year. Electricals & home entertainment (EHT) did the best according to the department store, with new product launches within technology proving particular popular with customers.
Waitrose’s brave move in to horticulture has seemed to pay off after recording 26 per cent rise in the sector. The upmarket grocer believes healthy figures are in part due to the Chelsea Flower Show, which took place last week between 21-25 May. Mark Williamson, commercial director of Waitrose, said: “The Chelsea Flower Show ran throughout last week, and many people clearly got in to the spirit, with our horticulture sales up by 26 per cent.
John Lewis remained up-beat this week after publishing positive financial results despite inconsistent summer bank holiday weather. The retailer said the weather had had a profound effect on its fashion sector, with sales dropping 7.2 per cent from the same time last year, but some stores turned in terrific performances, notably the at home stores which saw an increase of 43.5 per cent.
The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show an ongoing polarisation of the grocery market, as both Aldi and Waitrose continue to make gains on rivals. Value retailer Aldi posted an all-time record share of 3.5 per cent in the 12 weeks to 12 May 2013, up from 2.8 per cent of the market last year.
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