PREMIUM kitchen and bedrooms vertical John Lewis of Hungerford narrowed half-year losses on higher average order values and lower costs.

The luxury cabinet business registered a pretax deficit of £144,000 (2016: £430,000) in the six months to February 28, 2017, on revenue down 1.2 percent to £3.57 million.

Sales were impacted by the previously-announced closure of showrooms at Harrogate and Tunbridge Wells. Underlying like-for-like sales were up 3 percent.

That was largely down to an increase in average order values (AOV). While the business sold 7 percent fewer kitchens during the period, it increased its average kitchen sale price by 11 percent to £25,700.

It sold just as many complete bedrooms in H1 2016–17 as the previous year, and increased the AOV to £5,000. It last month launched its new fitted wardrobe collection in its Winchester showroom, adding that it was looking to further showcase this category in several stores to boost the visibility of the bedrooms business.

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