John Lewis has reported a recovery in sales last week, with its Aberdeen store emerging as the best performer.
The employee-owned retailer enjoyed a “modest” 2.8 per cent rise in total sales to £71.9 million for the week to 5 October, having suffered a 3.7 per cent slide the previous week as unseasonably warm weather knocked footfall.
John Lewis said gadgets such as laptops and high-definition TVs performed well, while Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent revelation that he uses a bread-making machine saw sales of food preparation devices make “great strides”.
Aberdeen was the group’s strongest-performing store, with sales up 11.5 per cent compared with a year ago. However, its two other Scottish stores lagged well behind, with falls of 0.2 per cent and 0.7 per cent at Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively.