LONDON, July 26 John Lewis Britain's
biggest department store group, on Friday appointed Waitrose
managing director Mark Price as its new deputy chairman.
Price will continue as managing director of the upmarket
grocer, which is part of the employee-owned John Lewis
Partnership, and one of Britain's fastest growing grocers, the
John Lewis has traditionally been seen as a bellwether
retailer and has outperformed the wider market for about three
Price has been with the John Lewis Partnership since 1982
and was appointed Waitrose's managing director in April 2007.
Earlier on Friday John Lewis said sales at its department
stores fell 1.2 percent in the week to July 20, hit by the
recent hot weather in Britain.