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 a�?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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