John Lewis at home retail store

Upmarket department store John Lewis has revealed an impressive 17.2% online growth for the first half of the financial year.

The company’s operations manager Dino Rocos has said: “With the heat of recent weeks easing, customers found an increased appetite to visit our stores and online proposition with sales closing 13% ahead of last year.”

He said that online, strong growth at 24.7% was reflected across all the directorates. Click & collect had continued to grow, with collections up 51% on last year.

Across the website, the strongest department growth was seen in electricals – which saw sales grow by an impressive 24%.

The John Lewis Partnership is made up of the department store and supermarket chain Waitrose, who also saw growths of 8.7% in the half year to July 27, or 11% when excluding petrol sales.

Waitrose Managing Director Mark Price commented on the success: We have achieved sales growth that has been significantly and consistently ahead of the market – indeed, we have now outperformed the market for more than four years in a row, according to Kantar data.”

He added: “We faced particularly tough comparatives with the equivalent week last year when we had the first sustained period of hot weather of the summer and the excitement for the Olympics had started to build.”