Chains that struggled with Christmas trading are grabbing the biggest headlines for now, but it’s important to note that not everyone in UK fashion retail is suffering and East certainly seems to be getting things right.
John Lewis had a slow week in the seven days to December 30 as total sales dipped 0.4% to £137.9 million, although snow in some areas of the UK was partly to blame. But fashion scored strongly as it had the week before.
As the UK gets ready for a spate of trading updates, it seems that the week before Christmas saw a late shopping surge with fashion sales rising year-on-year, but it's unlikely to have rescued an otherwise weak season.
John Lewis struggled to find sales growth in the latest week as the hugely successful retailer showed that even the biggest names aren’t immune to the cautious spending environment in the UK at present.