Retail specialist Harper Dennis Hobbs and ICSC released new research ranking Europe’s towns and cities in terms of retail spend

London, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Retail specialist Harper Dennis Hobbs (HDH) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) have released new research today ranking Europe’s towns and cities in terms of retail spend. Europe’s top three are London’s West End with a retail spend in 2013 of almost £8.5 billion, Paris at £7.7 billion and Madrid at almost £5 billion.

In publishing these rankings HDH and ICSC’s aim is to provide a clear picture, based on rigorous analytical research, of the importance of different markets for both retailers and investors.

Jonathan De Mello, Head of Retail Consultancy at HDH comments, “This is the first European Retail Ranking of its kind and finally provides retailers with a means of assessing Europe’s true hierarchy of towns and cities. In order to produce a relative ranking of European town and city centers we have created a pan-European ‘gravity model’ – which calculates the amount of spend flowing to each – and have analyzed and ranked over 15,000 towns and cities across Europe. Gravity modeling calculates the distance an individual has to travel, the attractiveness of the retail offer within the town or city center – and competing centers – and takes into account the total amount of retail space, how that space is split across product categories and the presence of key footfall drivers. Our European gravity model is unique, and is calibrated by our knowledge of retailer and shopping center performance, given the location strategy projects we conduct for retailers on a global basis.”

According to HDH, the success of a town or city center depends on three major factors: residential catchment spend (local residents visiting as a shopping destination); worker spend (particularly important for convenience brands and caterers); and tourist spend (large numbers of wealthy tourists are a crucial factor in many European towns and cities).

Jonathan adds, “Residential catchment spend is calculated for each postal sector using mean income levels and consumer expenditure surveys. Tourist spend is calibrated based on the presence of accommodation and tourist attractions, and visitor numbers and the affluence of tourists is calculated by country of origin and the quality of accommodation. Worker spend is crucial as it is regular expenditure and is calculated on the presence of offices, along with average earnings for certain occupations in each city, which in turn influences likely spend.”

David Harper, CEO of Harper Dennis Hobbs adds, “Our partnership with ICSC in producing these rankings will ensure it becomes the principal medium for retailers to benchmark their portfolios and European expansion strategies going forward. We will produce these rankings annually to account for new retail development – which is particularly prevalent across Central and Eastern Europe – and changes in consumer spending.”

Mike Morrissey, ICSC Chief Global Co-Ordination Officer comments, “The top 10 towns and cities in Europe are those that have a strong residential, worker and tourist spend and include Rome, Munich, Milan, Moscow, Berlin, Zurich and Istanbul. There are some second city entries high up the table where tourism perhaps has a lesser impact, but which have strong retail cores with a wide choice of retail on offer, such as Glasgow and Hamburg.”

The rankings have been based on a 2km radius around the town or city center, which is thought to be the maximum distance shoppers are willing to walk on a single shopping trip. If a shopper can walk between multiple shopping centers and retail streets in a town or city center easily, they are more likely to base their trip on all retail available, not just a single street or shopping center. Any malls, streets or retail units within this radius are attributed to the ‘city center’ offer, whilst malls/retail parks outside this radius are treated as standalone centers.

Andrew Bathurst, who heads up HDH’s International Team comments, “This key new metric for the market will be attractive to retailers and investors alike, as it enables them to assess which towns and cities are the most influential and to compare different markets across Europe. Retailers make decisions to open in new locations based on a huge number of factors such as market size, quality of the retail, shopper profiles and neighboring retailers. This research will allow retailers and investors to compare the top 50 towns and cities using very detailed and mathematical criteria.”

The rankings have been calibrated not only through detailed mathematical research but are also based on HDH’s in-depth understanding of the European retail market, developed from HDH’s work across many different locations. By advising new entrants to Europe, such as American Eagle and J Crew, and established brands such as Estee Lauder, Louis Vuitton, Karen Millen and Oasis, HDH understands which locations are most important for global retailers and what factors influence retail spend.

The UK has the greatest number of towns and cities in the top 50 with 10 in total. However, whilst London West End leads the pack as the best city center in Europe, no other UK town or city makes the top 10. On the other hand, Germany – with 8 towns or cities in the top 50 – has two very strong cities in Munich (5th position) and Berlin (8th position). France (7 in the top 50) is similar to the UK, in that Paris dominates (2nd position in Europe overall) whilst Lyon and Marseilles don’t even figure in the top 20. Finally both Italy and Spain both have two very strong cities each with Rome (4th) and Milan (6th) and Madrid (3rd) and Barcelona (11th) respectively.

Looking east to Central and Eastern Europe, Moscow (7th), St Petersburg (22nd) and Warsaw (48th) all would be significantly higher up the rankings in this particular survey, were it not for the fact that there are significantly more out of town malls in/around their urban cores. Bucharest – which doesn’t make the top 50 – is the most extreme example of this, with limited retail within the city core, but some large and high quality out of town malls. The substantial volume of new mall development in the pipeline will also affect the findings going forward – particularly in Russia and Turkey – with many more malls planned or under construction in both markets over the next few years.

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For further information please contact Jonathan De Mello on 020 7462 8703, Porterfield PR on 020 7647 4420 or Jesse Tron at ICSC in New York on +1 646 728 3814.

Ian Purvis, Porterfield PR         M: 07771 993926

ian@porterfield.co.uk

Cath Cookson, Porterfield PR         M: 07799 713941

cath@porterfield.co.uk

Jesse Tron, ICSC

jtron@icsc.org
@JesseTronPR

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The YMCA of Greater Rochester, Wegmans Pharmacy and the American Diabetes Association will host events to provide screenings and health education about diabetes

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — November marks Diabetes Awareness Month, and three powerful community organizations have partnered in prevention. The YMCA of Greater Rochester, Wegmans Pharmacy and the American Diabetes Association will host three events to provide community members with health education about diabetes, including screenings for blood glucose, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference measurement, and blood pressure. These screenings and other indicators are used to determine if an individual is at risk for developing diabetes. The screenings are free of charge and are open to the entire Greater Rochester community.

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure and blindness. The number of type 2 diabetes cases continues to grow, fueled in part by a continued rise in the rate of obesity. Unhealthy eating habits and declines in physical activity continue to contribute to the rise in new diabetes cases.

“An estimated one in three adults in the United States has prediabetes, yet only 11 percent know they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Kelly Mueller, director of programs for the American Diabetes Association. “Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition; however, it often leads to type 2 diabetes if not detected and prevented. New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 86 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, up from 79 million people in 2010. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.”

The health screening locations and times are:

Thursday, Nov. 13, 8-11 a.m.
Northwest Family YMCA (in Teen Center)
730 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14612

Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Maplewood Family YMCA (in library and lobby)
25 Driving Park Ave., Rochester, NY 14613

Monday, Nov. 17, 4-7 p.m.
Eastside Family YMCA (in Lobby)
1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield, NY 14526

Each event will be staffed with Wegmans pharmacists and YMCA wellness coaches. RSVPs and health insurance information are not required.

“Healthy living is a key area of focus for the YMCA, so we are thrilled to partner on this initiative with two other organizations that are concerned about our community’s health — Wegmans and the American Diabetes Association,” said Laura Fasano, vice president of healthy living at the YMCA of Greater Rochester. “At these screenings, if people learn that they are at risk, expert Wegmans pharmacists will be on hand to answer any questions, and individuals will have the opportunity to enroll in the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program and join the Y with no joining fee. It’s never too early or too late to improve your health.”

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. It is a yearlong program consisting of 16 one-hour weekly classroom sessions followed by eight one-hour monthly sessions. A trained lifestyle coach helps participants learn tactics for healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes. The program resulted from a study by the National Institutes of Health, which showed how healthier eating, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight could lead to better health in participants and an overall reduction of new type 2 diabetes cases. Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent and as much as 71 percent in adults over the age of 60.

For more information on the diabetes community events, visit rochesterymca.org/diabetesprevention or contact Theresa Wing, RD, director of community health initiatives of the YMCA of Greater Rochester, at 585-341-4018 or theresa.wing@rochesterymca.org.

YMCA of Greater Rochester
The YMCA of Greater Rochester is one of the area’s leading nonprofits, committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility for 160 years. As a dedicated association of staff, volunteers, donors, partners, and allies, the Y is steadfast in its mission to build healthy, confident, connected, and secure children, adults, families, and communities throughout the greater Rochester area. The YMCA of Greater Rochester serves more than 128,000 men, women, and children annually regardless of age, income, or background through health and fitness memberships, wellness programs, child care services, camps, youth sports, and aquatics instruction. To find out more about how to join or support your local Y, visit rochesterymca.org.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 16 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association nationally at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383), locally at 585-458-3040 or visit www.diabetes.org.

Contact Information:

Ryann Bouchard, Dixon Schwabl on behalf of the YMCA of Greater Rochester, 585-899-3243
Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, 585-429-3627

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BRC-KPMG ONLINE RETAIL SALES MONITOR OCTOBER 2014: ONLINE SALES REPRESENTED 18.2% OF TOTAL NON-FOOD SALES OF OUR MONITOR, AGAINST 16.5% IN OCTOBER 2013

LONDON, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 15.4% in October versus a year earlier, almost in line with the twelve-month average growth of 14.8%. In October 2013, online sales rose by 12.1% over the previous year.

In October online sales represented 18.2% of total Non-Food sales of our Monitor, against 16.5% in October 2013. This is the highest penetration rate since Christmas 2013.

In contrast with stores, where Clothing and Footwear recorded a decline in October, the fashion categories achieved a good performance online, as a result of targeted incentives by retailers.

Online sales contributed 2.1 percentage points to the growth of Non-Food total sales in October. The three-month average contribution of online to non-food growth exceeded that of stores for the second consecutive month, achieving an all-time record proportion outside of December.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “Online sales took their largest slice of the pie of non-food sales growth since December 2013. October’s growth compared to last year was 3.3 percentage points faster, which bodes well for Christmas, especially as the proportion of online non-food sales was also the highest recorded since last Christmas.

“October saw many actions to encourage the sale of winter stock. Concurrent flash sales were run in-store and online. Loyal customers were offered exclusive discounts and due to this Clothing and Footwear did better online than in stores. As we march steadily on to the festive season online retail sales are set to increase, for example online Christmas shops are proving popular. ‘Mega Monday’, the first Monday in December, is one to watch as it is generally thought to be the biggest day for online shopping. However, retailers’ investment in ever-faster deliveries means that Mega Monday could be shifted closer to Christmas this year.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “Retailers proved themselves fleet of foot online, launching highly targeted offers to offset the unseasonal weather and give consumers that extra impetus to spend.

“It’s evidence that retailers can use their online operations to quickly react to unexpected factors, such as a heat wave at Halloween, and adapt their sales strategy to offer shoppers the products that are relevant to them. This flexibility isn’t a guaranteed failsafe, but it certainly gives retailers more options than their store portfolio can offer.

“With Black Friday and Christmas ahead, the online channel’s importance will be felt more than ever in the coming weeks.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

BRC-KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR OCTOBER 2014: FURNITURE AND THE HOME CATEGORIES WERE THE BEST PERFORMING ONES

LONDON, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — UK retail sales were flat, at 0.0%, on a like-for-like basis from October 2013, when they had increased 0.8% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 1.4%, against a 2.6% rise in October 2013. This was an improvement on the previous month and beat the three-month average growth of 1.0%.

Furniture and the home categories were the best performing ones in October.

Over the last three months, Food showed a decline of 1.4% and reported a twelve-month average decline for the second consecutive month, at -0.4%. Non-Food reported growth of 2.8% over the three months to October 2014, underperforming its twelve-month average of 3.7%.

Online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 15.4% in October versus a year earlier, when it had grown 12.1%. This was the highest online growth since Christmas 2013. The Non-Food online penetration rate was 18.2% in October, 1.7 percentage points higher than in October 2013.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “The good news is that overall retail sales continued to grow although not as fast as this time last year. Retailers have thought creatively about marketing solutions to incentivise sales of winter merchandise during the warmer weather. For example the use of analytics has enabled loyal customers to be offered targeted flash reductions with sale items being made available both in store and online.

“Consumers are still prioritising household items such as furniture over fashion, with furniture outperforming all other categories for a second month in a row. Retailers preparation around stocking items required for Halloween celebrations such as costumes of characters from animation feature films for children, meant a significant year on year increase in Halloween related sales. The impact was also felt with an improved three month average in sales of food although not enough to stem the trend felt over the last six months. It remains to be seen whether the Christmas period will start to provide better fortunes for food, however there are positive signs that beauty and homeware items traditionally popular for gifting are selling increasingly well in the build-up to the festive period.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “Looking at these figures, most retailers will feel they were tricked rather than treated in October. Even the most experienced of shopkeepers could not have foreseen a heat wave at Halloween and most were left with sales which were flat at best.

“Sadly, this warmer weather has left many fashion retailers with a substantial stock overhang, raising the question of earlier and deeper discounts as we get closer to Christmas. Retailers need a nippy November to help them sell their winter stock before the season’s out.

“Promotions remained rife in the grocery sector, leaving it with the unenviable moniker of the worst performing sector. The silver lining for the sector is that the 3 month average like-for-likes, whilst still negative, were not as bad as in September which will be welcome relief in the midst of negative news.

“With Christmas in their sights, retailers are launching their highly anticipated festive campaigns to connect with and inspire consumers to shop with them this year. All channels will be tested to the full over the coming weeks with a careful eye monitoring the margins.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

Nicholas (Nic) Brassey named as head of Human Resources for Albert Heijn, Etos and Gall & Gall, effective January 1, 2015

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn has recruited South African national Nicholas (Nic) Brassey to head up the Human Resources function for Albert Heijn, Etos and Gall & Gall, effective January 1, 2015.

In this role, Nic will report to Sander van der Laan, CEO Albert Heijn, and functionally to Abbe Luersman, CHRO Ahold. With Nic’s appointment, the Albert Heijn Management Team and the Ahold HR leadership team is once again complete.

Nic has extensive international HR experience, having worked and lived in South Africa, the United States, the UK and Italy. He is married to a Dutch national, and currently lives and works in the Netherlands. He joins Ahold from Unilever, where he was involved in various change management programs, and, from a Human Resources standpoint, was responsible for increasing associate engagement and encouraging greater focus on results.

Sander van der Laan, CEO Albert Heijn says: “Nic’s results-driven track record, his significant HR expertise and broad experience with organizations going through transitions make him a great fit to lead the HR function for our Albert Heijn Operating Unit as we work to instill a more performance-driven culture and the new ways of working resulting from our transformation programs in Europe.”

Abbe Luersman, CHRO Ahold, says: “We are confident his leadership will help us build a better place to work for our associates and a better place to shop for our customers. In this role, Nic will be the counterpart for our works council and other key stakeholders in this area.”

Nic succeeds Luc de Baets, who has served as General Manager Albert Heijn Belgium since the summer.

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Nicholas Brassey

Nicholas Brassey

AHOLD REPURCHASED 1,359,052 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR €18.22 MILLION BETWEEN NOVEMBER 3 AND nOVEMBER 7, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,359,052 Ahold common shares in the period from November 3, 2014 up to and including November 7, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of €13.4034 per share for a total consideration of €18.22 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by €1.5 billion to a total amount of €2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 145,414,446 common shares for a total consideration of €1,885.85 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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The Home Depot® completes its fourth annual Celebration of Service campaign and celebrated 2,500 homes improved for veterans during the two-month effort

The Home Depot Foundation to Match Funds Raised by Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation as Part of Continued Commitment to Improving the Homes and Lives of Veterans and their Families

ATLANTA, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Today, The Home Depot® completed its fourth annual Celebration of Service campaign and celebrated a 2,500 home milestone, more than double the company’s original goal to transform
1,000 homes for veterans during the two-month effort, which began on Sept. 11. More than 13,000 Home Depot associates volunteered on their days off as a part of Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, to improve veterans’ homes and housing facilities in nearly 500 cities across all 50 states.

In addition to this milestone, The Home Depot Foundation is celebrating Veterans Day with the announcement of plans to match funds raised by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation between today and December 31, 2014, up to $200,000. The match in donations will be used to help the Building for America’s Bravest program continue to build smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans, including double, triple and quadruple amputees. Donations can be made at www.ourbravest.org.

“As we work to address the many housing challenges facing our nation’s veterans and their families, we’re committed to ensuring those who have sacrificed for all of us have a safe, affordable place to live for the years and decades to come,” said Gaven Gregory, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “That’s why we are dedicated to helping veterans across the entire housing continuum, from those who need accessibility modifications to their homes to those who have no home at all.”

In 2009, the federal government announced a goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Since The Home Depot joined this mission, its Team Depot volunteers have impacted more than 15,000 homes for veterans.

“We couldn’t ask for a better partner than The Home Depot in our mission to end veteran homelessness,” said Vince Kane, head of the VA’s National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans. “Wherever there’s a need, Team Depot is there, and that’s exactly the level of support it takes to fight homelessness among our U.S. military veterans. Our cities would not be making the progress they’ve made in reducing the numbers of homeless vets without the support of The Home Depot, and their ability to turn a house into a home is paying off in dividends for our veterans and their families.”

“There is a tremendous need for private sector leadership in the national fight to end veteran homelessness, and the Home Depot Foundation has set a strong example for other corporate citizens to follow. In addition to its renowned Team Depot volunteers, the Foundation has provided critical funding, including more than half a million dollars to our 100,000 Homes Campaign, which helped 186 U.S. communities find homes for 31,000 homeless veterans over four years,” said Rosanne Haggerty, president of Community Solutions. “The Home Depot Foundation is known nationally for its tremendous responsiveness to the needs of grantees and its willingness to provide whatever it takes to accomplish the mission of ending veteran homelessness. We couldn’t do our work without The Home Depot Foundation’s generous support.”

About Celebration of Service From 9/11 to Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Team Depot put its talents to work to transform 2,500 homes for veterans. The campaign’s kick-off set a high bar for the magnitude of this mission, with Team Depot volunteers improving 500 veteran homes in just one day.

The projects completed throughout this two-month period addressed a wide variety of veteran housing needs, including:

  • Making wounded warrior home modifications for veterans like retired Marine Joey Jones. Joey’s eight-year career was brought to an end after he lost both his legs above the knee in Afghanistan. During his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Joey started a Peer Visit Program to allow him and other wounded warriors to visit with, encourage and mentor more recently wounded servicemen and women in the in-patient wards. He recently bought a house that needed to be remodeled to allow for his wheelchair and other accommodations.
  • Improving multi-family housing facilities such as the Midtown Terrace Suites in Houston, TX. This facility offers an incredible 286 transitional housing units for area veterans, as well as a variety of care programs and services to help veterans transition into permanent homes and successful futures.
  • Helping aging veterans remain comfortably in their homes like 65-year-old Vietnam veteran Jerry Arnold, who served three tours in Vietnam with the United States Army. After his service, he went on to work for the Department of Defense for the next fifteen years. While Jerry was focused on caring for his
    country and his family, his home had fallen into desperate need of repair.
  • Providing a safe home for women veterans like the Veterans Inc. Women and Children’s facility in Worcester, MA. The facility provides transitional bed units for women and their children, but did not have family units available. Team Depot created living spaces that the residents could share with their children and gave them a home-like atmosphere. Women veterans are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, but facilities like this one can help stop this trend.

About Giving Back at The Home Depot
Since the first Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $80 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 15,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot.

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For more information, contact:
Lisa Walsh
770.384.4281
lisa_walsh@homedepot.com

Nicole Foo
770.433.8211, ext. 84133
Nicole_foo@homedepot.com

John Lewis issued update on its Christmas sales and activities

LONDON, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis issued update on its Christmas sales and activities

This week’s big story: Monty’s Christmas

Monty’s Christmas has received over 16 million views on social media. The advert racked up 7 million views on social media in 24 hours, seven times as many as at the same point last year.

Weekly trading update

This week has seen solid sales of £95.7m, +5.1% on last year and week on week +3.9%. Online sales were +17.0% year on year.

In a week which saw the coldest day of the year so far customers turned to our winter assortments. Our fashion directorate posted a +6.0% year on year sales increase. Particularly strong performers were girls’ onesies and men’s slippers +86% and +10% year on year respectively along with cashmere roll necks +80% week on week.

Home posted strong sales at +9.2% year on year with bedroom furniture +31% and sofa beds +12%.  Bedding saw a +10% year on year increase with faux fur bed throws +36% week on week and Dreamland electric blankets +85% week on week.

Our EHT assortment experienced more modest growth +1.0% year on year influenced by comparison with last year’s later iPad launch. The new iPad still remains one of the most popular products with our 3 year guarantee promotion, but the comparative launch timings are different year on year. Within EHT, washer dryers were +18% year on year and heating +115% on last week with the Dyson Nickel Fan heater +228% week on week.

The week saw the launch of our Christmas advert, ‘Monty’s Christmas’ which has received over 16 million views on social media. The advert racked up 7 million views on social media in 24 hours, seven times as many as at the same point last year. By the end of the week ‘Monty’ became the most searched for term on our website. This year the ad will be supported by an in-store experience, ‘Monty’s Den’, where people can meet Monty and Mabel using interactive technology.

Andrew Murphy, retail director at John Lewis, said: ‘With the weather turning colder, our customers have really shifted into winter mode. They’ve been purchasing duvets, throws and electric blankets along with preparing their homes for Christmas guests with increasing sales of sofa beds and bedroom furniture. It’s also pleasing to see such a strong result from our fashion assortment after the impact of warmer temperatures earlier this season.’

All figures quoted are total sales including VAT

  • 5.1% year on year increase
  • 3.9% week on week increase
  • 95.7m sterling total
  • 17% year on year increase johnlewis.com

What Britain’s buying this week

  • Dyson Nickel Fan Heater +228%
  • Dreamland electric blankets +85%
  • Cashmere roll necks +80%
  • Faux fur bed throws +36%
  • Sofa beds +12%

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, ten John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 30,000 staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹ , ‘Best Overall Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2014’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Email: johnlewis@brands2life.com
Telephone: 0207 592 1200

Tesco launches Christmas TV ad featuring brass band cover of Irene Cara’s ‘What a Feeling’

  • Ad shows customers and colleagues getting ready to celebrate the festive season
  • Builds up to an exciting festive light show created by the people behind London 2012 Opening Ceremony
  • Finale filmed in Wigan in response to a customers’ tweet
  • Tesco’s ‘Every Little Helps Make Christmas’ campaign will focus on all the little things that help customers at Christmas

 

 

Cheshunt, England, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Featuring a brass band cover of Irene Cara’s ‘What a Feeling’, the 60 second ad created by Wieden + Kennedy London shows customers going to great lengths to prepare for the festive season and Tesco colleagues helping them every step of the way. This year’s ad features boundless festive spirit, showing Tesco is just as excited about Christmas as its customers are.

It begins with dad rummaging around the attic looking for boxes of decorations from last year. One by one we see families gathering to decorate their homes, while colleagues prepare to spread Christmas cheer.  The ad builds to the moment when Christmas lights are switched on in households and Tesco stores across the country.

The festive light show at the end of the ad is inspired by a Tesco customer, Claire Hannah, who last year tweeted her disappointment that her local store didn’t have a green hat. In response Tesco created a winter wonderland at the store and invited Claire and over 800 local residents to enjoy the festivities and turn on the Christmas lights.

The show, which culminates with the green hat being placed on the store, was created by the people behind the light show at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.  Nearly one million LED lights covered a huge 78m long and 7.2m high screen in front of the store. The full light show and the crowd’s reaction can be seen in an additional film that Tesco is publishing on YouTube for customers.

The event at Wigan is just one example of what Tesco is doing this Christmas to help customers in whatever way it can, big or small. The campaign, ‘Every Little Helps Make Christmas,’ will celebrate the excitement around Christmas and focus on helping the nation in lots of little fun and useful ways. The green hat is an important visual motif and will appear on over 700 Tesco stores across the country, more than ever before.

Jill Easterbrook, Chief Customer Officer at Tesco says: “Christmas is a wonderfully special time of year and we want to help customers in whatever way we can. Claire’s experience is just one example of how we’re doing every little thing we can to help make Christmas in fun and helpful ways. We’re with our customers every step of the way through the festive season!”

Claire Hannah says, “I was taken aback when Tesco first approached me – I couldn’t believe my tweet had been noticed. It’s amazing, Tesco has done a really lovely thing for the town, and I’m so chuffed our Tesco has the green hat this year!”

Ray Shaughnessy, Creative Director at Wieden + Kennedy London says, “This year’s campaign is an important step change for Tesco in that they are doing all sorts of unexpected things to help people have a brilliant Christmas. It won’t just be about them making sure you get the best turkey on the table, it will be about making sure that people feel Christmassy too. Getting the team behind the London 2012 Olympic light show to light up Wigan is a great example of this.”

Tesco’s 2014 Christmas TV advert made its debut during the season finale of ITV’s Downtown Abbey.

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