Department store John Lewis has emerged as one of the big winners of the festive period with like-for-likes soaring 13% in the five weeks to December 29.
Total sales jumped 14.8% to £684.8m over the period. Sales rocketed 25.5% compared with the Christmas period two years ago and like-for-likes leaped 20.1%.
Electricals and home technology was the star performer with sales climbing 30.9% year-on-year, while fashion, including beauty, was up 10.4% and home sales increased 6.2%.
Sales ordered online surged 44.3% against last year’s total. The channel now accounts for a quarter of John Lewis’ business.
The department store had a record sales week in the seven days to Saturday December 22 as revenue broke through the £150m mark for the first time hitting £157.8m, up 26.5% on the equivalent week last year.
Sales jumped 11.5% to £112.9m in the final week of the period, up to Saturday December 29 inclusive. The retailer had a record day on the first day of its Clearance Sales on December 27, taking £31.7m.
John Lewis managing director Andy Street said: “In an economic climate which continues to be volatile, to have achieved these results is testimony to the strength of the John Lewis brand.
“The success of our online operation and our pre-eminence as an omnichannel retailer cannot be underestimated. Sales at johnlewis.com broke through the £800m milestone during December supported by an excellent performance from our click-and-collect facility.”