John Lewis weekly sales hit by snowfall

| December 6, 2010
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The John Lewis Partnership, which is regarded as a barometer of British retailing, has announced that sales growth struggled last week as the cold snap meant shoppers stayed at home.

The renowned employee-owned department store said “the snow has impacted both footfall and sales in shops where the weather has been particularly poor.”

However, the heavy snowfall meant John Lewis online sales surged 62.2% between Sunday November 28 and Wednesday December 1.

The Department Store did highlight, though, that it had experienced a 78% rise in instant hot chocolate sales at its Waitrose stores.

Many shops benefited from the snow after B&Q reported a 90% increase in shovel sales last week, while sales of grit sales were up more than six fold.

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