Department store John Lewis sales bubble higher as rain falls


LONDON — Britain’s biggest department store chain John Lewis posted another double-digit rise in sales last week as the nation’s wet weather proved favorable for its key household goods business.

The employee-owned retailer said on Friday its sales increased 18.3 percent year-on-year to 64.3 million pounds (US$104 million) in the week to May 5. April was Britain’s wettest since records began and the poor weather has continued into May.