Beauty and own-brands are biggest hits for John Lewis

The John Lewis department store operation was the star performer at the John Lewis Partnership in the seven days to June 9 as total company sales rose 2.4% to £212.02 million, but the chain rose 4.2%.


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The company said the good news came as it annualised promotions, but the Fashion directory lagged slightly with sales up only 2.8% on the same week a year ago.

The unit was helped by buoyant beauty turnover as price matching a competitor’s promotion helped drive sales up as much as 13%. And sales of women’s accessories were 8% higher, while its own-brand womenswear had a strong week with sales up 4.8%. The company really has seen the benefit of investment in own-brands in recent years with labels such as Kin and On/Off outperforming in a very tough market.

Meanwhile Home sales were down 1.1%, but it saw sales of Father’s Day gifts increasing, and sales of gin were up 15% on the previous week due to the successful World Gin Day campaign. Its outdoor living furniture continued to be popular and total sales for furniture and flooring products were up 2.6% on the same week last year.

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