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THE BOSS of Williams Sonoma Inc. says the rollout of it West Elm retail format in John Lewis stores here in the UK is progressing as planned.


Laura Alber, president and CEO, told analysts that West Elm has opened three new shop-in-shop concessions in the second three months of the year, at Milton Keynes, High Wycombe and Southampton.


“Our UK-based John Lewis partnership is executing as planned, and we are on track now to be in a total of net nine retail locations by the end of this year,” she said.


West Elm launched its partnership with John Lewis this time last year with a 1,000sqft concession within the department store’s remodelled Oxford Street store in London. It also has its own 12,000sqft showroom around the corner on Tottenham Court Road.


Her comments followed the release of Williams Sonoma’s second quarter results, where it said worldwide revenues across all its brands — which also includes Williams-Sonoma, Williams-Sonoma Home and Pottery Barn — rose 2.8 percent to $1.16 billion (£876 million).


West Elm, with comparable brand revenues up 15.8 percent, was the strongest performing retail brand for the US based group, with Williams-Sonoma flat and Pottery Barn down 4.8 percent.


Ms Alber added: “Despite the progress that we have made against our strategic initiatives, the overall retail environment has softened and we are being impacted by a more cautious consumer.”