Sales decline at John Lewis’ Scots stores

John Lewis said sales fell at all three of its Scottish branches last week

John Lewis said sales fell at all three of its Scottish branches last week

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All three John Lewis department stores in Scotland witnessed falls in sales last week, according to the latest figures from the retailer.

The employee-owned chain said overall takings in the week to 24 October were up 2.1 per cent on the same period last year, but it was a different picture for its branches north of the Border.

Among its three Scottish outposts, Aberdeen suffered the steepest decline, with sales down 13.5 per cent on a year ago, closely followed by Glasgow, where takings dropped by 12.4 per cent.

Edinburgh put in the best performance, but sales were still 2 per cent lower year-on-year.

In terms of overall trading, John Lewis said: “The start of the week was strong but we dipped back slightly mid-week as we were up against colder weather sales last year.”

At upmarket grocer Waitrose, which is also owned by the John Lewis Partnership, total sales excluding petrol were 4.2 per cent higher than last year.

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