LONDON, United Kingdom — Britain’s John Lewis Partnership mentioned gross sales at its division retailer chain may decline by means of round 35 p.c over the entire yr in a worst case situation because of the coronavirus disaster, it mentioned on Tuesday.

The worker-owned staff, which additionally owns the Waitrose grocery store trade, mentioned gross sales at John Lewis had been down 17 p.c year-on-year because the heart of March and down 7 p.c since 26 January. Waitrose gross sales are up eight p.c since January 26.

The corporate, which has close all its division shops within the nationwide lockdown, mentioned it had observed a surge in on-line call for however mentioned most of the maximum wanted pieces had been in much less successful strains. “We’re purchasing extra Scrabble however fewer sofas,” it mentioned.

By means of Kate Holton; editor: James Davey.

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