Strong sales at John Lewis Tunbridge Wells

John Lewis to close Tunbridge Wells store
John Lewis in Tunbridge Wells is to close

The John Lewis Store in Tunbridge Wells was one of the few at the well-known chain of department stores to buck ‘tough’ pre-Christmas trading conditions.

Tunbridge Wells was one of only six stores to report ‘strong’ sales growth, alongside York, Tamworth, Croydon, Heathrow and St Pancras.

John Lewis’ managing director Andy Street said store trading was tough, with much of the demand being driven by online sales.

He said: “It was online which powered forward with a 15 per cent advance, propelled by visits from mobile devices. As in previous weeks, Distribution’s delivery of these orders has been faultless, thus we go into the final push in a strong position.”

Sales growth was buoyant in watches, phones, cameras and audio.

Furniture, in particular seating, was also strong in the pre-Christmas period, but unseasonably warm weather put customers off buying fashion items.

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