John Lewis boss Paula Nickolds exits and Christmas sales fall

Paula Nickolds

Total sales at John Lewis department stores and sister grocery specialist Waitrose slipped over Christmas and longstanding director Paula Nickolds is to leave.

Gross sales at John Lewis & Partners fell 2.3% to £1.13bn year on year and were down 2% like for like in the seven weeks to January 4.

At Waitrose & Partners gross sales, excluding fuel, were down 1.3% to just over £1bn – a result of shop closures – but up 0.4% like for like.

Parent John Lewis Partnership, which is restructuring ahead of the arrival of new chair Sharon White next month, also said department stores managing director  Nickolds will leave next month.

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