Snowy weather hits John Lewis sales

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The heavy snow has cost John Lewis nearly 5 million pounds in lost sales after it disrupted its biggest high street trading day of the year

The heavy snow has cost John Lewis nearly £5 million in lost sales after it disrupted its biggest high street trading day of the year.

The amount of money the retailer took on Saturday was down by about 10% after Arctic weather conditions closed two of its 32 stores and deterred countless shoppers from trekking to the shops.

The department store was on course to sell a record breaking £125 million of stock in the week to Saturday before the snowfall disrupted its plans.

Despite the impact on Saturday’s trading, the retailer still racked up £120.3 million of sales in the week, slightly down from the previous record of £121 million it set previous week.

Retail director Andrew Murphy said: “We were heading for a record week by a stretch until the weather came in on Friday night.

“Under the current weather conditions, to have come so close to the recent record week is a testimony to how much customers value John Lewis for our range of quality products, excellent customer service and our ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ price matching promise.”

He said gift food, toys, jewellery, slippers, hats, scarves, gloves and earmuffs had all proved popular.

Sales of home furnishings, such as inflatable beds, towels, table linens and glassware, were also up as people prepared to entertain guests over Christmas.

Three branches, in Nottingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, achieved record sales in the week and its online division also achieved its highest ever sales day on Monday.

But two branches, in High Wycombe and the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in north London, were forced to close on Saturday.

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