×
1 258
Fashion Jobs
FOOT LOCKER
Geo Marketing Manager United Kingdom
Permanent · London
VANS
Account Coordinator - French Speaking - Vans
Permanent · NOTTINGHAM
ESTÉE LAUDER
Tom Ford - Business Manager - Selfridges, Birmingham - 37.5 Hours - Full Time, Permanent
Permanent · Birmingham
ESTÉE LAUDER
Marketing Executive, Tom Ford Beauty, Kilian, Darphin And le Labo - Travel Retail Emea (Based London)
Permanent · London
ESTÉE LAUDER
Corporate Account Executive, Lagardere, Dfs, Inflight And Aquatic - Travel Retail Emea (Based London)
Permanent · London
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Collection Coordinator Assistant
Permanent · LONDON
ESTÉE LAUDER
Clinique - Consultant - Boots, Oxford - 24 Hours - Part Time, Permanent
Permanent · Oxford
ESTÉE LAUDER
Clinique - Consultant - Boots, Sedley Place London - 37.5 Hours - Full Time, Permanent
Permanent · London
PAUL SMITH
Office Administrator
Permanent · NOTTINGHAM
FRASERS GROUP
Trainee Commercial Manager
Permanent · SHIREBROOK
FOREO
Key Account Manager
Permanent · London
ESTÉE LAUDER
Clinique - Consultant - John Lewis Edinburgh - 26 Hours - Part Time, Permanent
Permanent · Edinburgh
BEARA BEARA
Marketing Executive (Taiwanese)
Permanent · LONDON
BRANDLAB 360 - HULA
Hula by Barbara Hulanicki – Wholesale Sales Manager
Permanent · LONDON
HOMEGOODS
Loss Prevention Detective
Permanent · Countryside
TK MAXX
10933-Loss Prevention Officer Sth Ruislip
Permanent · Ruislip
TK MAXX
10933-Loss Prevention Officer Haringey
Permanent · London
ESTÉE LAUDER
Aveda Haircare Category & Marketing Planning Manager
Permanent · London
ESTÉE LAUDER
Mac - Area Sales And Education Manager - London - Maternity Cover
Permanent · London
RALPH LAUREN
Operations Manager - Gretna
Permanent · Gretna
LUXURY RECRUIT
Head of Digital - Luxury
Permanent · LONDON
LUXURY RECRUIT
Brand Director - Luxury
Permanent · LONDON
By
Reuters
Published
May 16, 2010
Reading time
2 minutes
Share
Download
Download the article
Print
Click here to print
Text size
aA+ aA-

John Lewis shoppers come in from the cold

By
Reuters
Published
May 16, 2010

LONDON (Reuters) - Department stores retailer John Lewis posted another week of double digit sales growth, boosted by colder weather, and said it was well placed to continue to outperform rivals.

John Lewis
Photo: www.johnlewis.com

The employee-owned firm, which is seen as a bellwether of the UK retail sector but has been outperforming competitors for over six months, said sales at its 28 department stores and one "at home" store increased 17.7 percent to 55.1 million pounds in the week to May 8.

"Week 14 proved a splendid week's business ... Undoubtedly we were helped by cool weather on both the bank holiday weekend; perfect for spring shopping," said Managing Director Andy Street.

"I suspect it's going to get tougher for us, but we are certainly very well placed against our competitors."

The week's outcome was driven by a 21.8 percent increase in sales of homewares and a 20.9 percent rise in fashion sales. Sales in the electricals and home technology category rose 6.9 percent, stoked by demand for televisions ahead of the soccer World Cup.

Retailers are slowly emerging from a deep recession but are divided whether the recovery will continue, with some concerned the new government's commitment to swiftly cut the public deficit will damage consumer confidence.

On Tuesday 11 May, a British Retail Consortium survey said retail sales fell at their sharpest annual pace in more than a year in April, although the figures were skewed by the timing of Easter.

"Tax increases are on the way as the (Conservative-Liberal Democrat) coalition government moves to rein in the public finances. This could very well include VAT (sales tax) rising up to 20 percent," said Howard Archer, chief economist at IHS Global Insight.

"Meanwhile, still serious uncertainties about the economic outlook and jobs are likely to maintain many consumers' desire to improve their personal finances."

Archer also noted that if consumers believe the coalition is unlikely to last long, the resultant uncertainty may encourage caution over spending.

John Lewis also owns the 228-store Waitrose supermarket chain.

Week to May 8 sales rose 12.3 percent to 93.2 million pounds, underlining its status as one of the UK's fastest growing grocers.

Here the cold weather drove sales of comfort foods and sweet treats.

(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Julie Crust)

© Thomson Reuters 2022 All rights reserved.