LONDON Dec 9 British retailer John Lewis Plc
posted its highest ever total weekly sales from its
online and physical stores due to a pre-Christmas shopping rush.
The group recorded a total of 142 million pounds ($227.49
million) of sales in the week ending Saturday, 8 Dec., up 15
percent on the same period last year.
"It's a record week by 9 million pounds, which really has
taken us aback. It's a level of increase we just hadn't
anticipated," said Andrew Murphy, John Lewis Retail Director.
The colder weather across Britain boosted fashion sales,
particularly sales of coats, scarves and knitwear in both
menswear and womenswear. Toys and electronics also saw major
Murphy said sales were also helped as another British
retailer, electrical chain Comet, entered administration in
It was also a record week for online sales, which totaled 42
million pounds, with the company's highest ever one-day online
sales of 7.3 million pounds recorded on Monday.
"There's no doubt that online is growing significantly
faster," Murphy said.
One third of online sales are collected in store, a trend
that Murphy said shows customers acknowledge the relevance of
having a physical location.
The performance of stores differed across regions. Of the 35
stores that were open at this time last year, 15 have increased
sales and 10 have seen sales decline.
Murphy told Reuters that the Midlands, with the exception of
the city of Birmingham, remains one of the toughest regions for