(Reuters) Sales at department store John Lewis edged lower last week, hurt by disruption caused by severe winter weather in many parts of the UK, it said on Tuesday.
As the only major British retailer to publish weekly sales data, John Lewis provides the most up-to-date snapshot of shopping trends in the run-up to Christmas.
The employee-owned group said department store sales fell 0.6% to £171.4m in the week to 16 December.
“Adverse weather and heavy snow across the country saw fewer people head outside to shop – impacting all categories,” John Lewis director Maggie Porteous said.
Subdued start to trading
“However, trade picked up towards the end of the week,” she said.