It wasn't a great seven days for John Lewis with the week up to and including May 19 seeing its parent company's sales dipping 0.3% to £202.73 million, but the department store chain’s sales falling by as much as 6.3%.
UK fashion e-tail was stronger than ever in April, helped by sunshine and less of a squeeze on consumer incomes. E-tail benefitted more than physical stores as fundamental changes in the retail sector continued.
Tom Athron has been appointed as new chief operating officer, and Lea Cranfield will take up the role of commercial director. Kim Hartlev will become new chief technology officer at the luxury company.
Department store chain House of Fraser’s new majority owner has a major challenge ahead as it battles to bring the retailer back to health with Thursday seeing HoF posting a shock almost-£44 million loss for 2017.