The John Lewis Partnership -- which operates 35 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com and 264 Waitrose supermarkets -- has reported sales of £160.92m for the week ended 4 February 2012, an increase of 10.2 per cent compared to the same period a year ago.
John Lewis stores reported sales of £52.46m for the first week of February 2012. Croydon, Poole and Southampton branches reported higher sales margins. Johnlewis.com showed strong sales with a growth of 8.2 per cent in fashion and 56 per cent in accessories and beauty, respectively.
In a statement, the company said:
The start of a new year and week one ... saw us deliver a good performance overall with a 6 per cent uplift on last year. We had three branches with very good double-figure increases ... Croydon with an increase on last year of 19.1 per cent, followed by Poole at 17.4 per cent and Southampton with 13.1 per cent.
Waitrose supermarkets, which recently opened new locations in Walton-le-Dale, Preston and Ipswich, recorded sales of £108.45m for the first week of February 2012, an increase of 12.3 per cent compared with same period previous year.
"Freezing temperatures across the country saw total sales at Waitrose rise by 12.3 per cent last week, as shoppers kept warm with comfort foods," the company added.