John Lewis began in 1864 with the opening of the first shop in London's Oxford Street. 'Never Knowingly Undersold', our unique promise to our customers that the price of any item we sell will always be as low as the lowest price in the neighbourhood, has been our slogan for over 75 years. Through the efforts of our Partners serving customers with our suppliers' high quality goods, we have succeeded in building the largest department store retailer in the UK, with 41 John Lewis shops (31 department stores and 10 John Lewis at home) and a growing online business -

Our Partners work hard to offer customers everything they need under one roof: the best fashions, furnishings and household goods of all kinds at competitive prices with excellent service and free delivery.

The full line department shops typically stock more than 350,000 separate lines with our stores at Oxford Street and Bluewater also including a John Lewis Foodhall from Waitrose.

The smaller flexible format shops highlight Fashion, Home and Consumer Electronics products while the John Lewis at home shops focus exclusively on the home, electrical and home technology assortment.

At the 2015 Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards, John Lewis won awards for Best Clothing Retailer, Best Electricals Retailer and Best Homewares Retailer.

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London, GB
Size (employees)
10,193 (est)
John Lewis was founded in 1864 and is headquartered in London, GB
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Key People/Management at John Lewis

Andy Street

Andy Street

Managing Director
Paul Coby

Paul Coby

IT Director
Harriet Hounsell

Harriet Hounsell

Personnel Director
Craig Inglis

Craig Inglis

Customer Director
Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

Retail Director
Paula Nickolds

Paula Nickolds

Commercial Director
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John Lewis Office Locations

John Lewis has offices in Jersey and London
London, GB (HQ)
171 Victoria St
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John Lewis Financials and Metrics

Summary Metrics

Founding Date

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John Lewis Financials

John Lewis's revenue was reported to be £10.03 b in FY, 2017 which is a 2.8% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2017)

10 b

Revenue growth (FY, 2016 - FY, 2017), %


Gross profit (FY, 2017)

3.4 b

Gross profit margin (FY, 2017), %


Net income (FY, 2017)

352.9 m

Cash (28-Jan-2017)

673.7 m
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017


9 b9.7 b9.7 b10 b

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

6 b6.4 b6.4 b6.6 b

Gross profit

3 b3.3 b3.3 b3.4 b
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017


358.9 m336.9 m667.4 m673.7 m

Accounts Receivable

55.1 m57.3 m61 m67.8 m

Current Assets

1.1 b1.2 b1.5 b1.6 b


4.1 b4.3 b4.3 b4.2 b
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017

Cash From Operating Activities

453.5 m365.4 m730.3 m586.4 m

Cash From Financing Activities

(157.7 m)245.3 m(61.3 m)(122.6 m)

Income Taxes Paid

(24.4 m)(50.2 m)(66 m)(97.9 m)
GBPY, 2017


1.3 m

Financial Leverage

3.1 x
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John Lewis News and Updates

John Lewis will deliver the 2018 commencement address at BU

The Civil Rights leader is also speaking at Harvard’s graduation.

John Lewis: MLK Taught "God’s Children Were On Both Sides Of The Wall"

Rep. John Lewis was asked to deliver the Weekly Democratic Address and used the opportunity to take a veiled swipe at White House policy. View Entire Post ›

Watch Barack Obama and John Lewis talk about Martin Luther King's legacy

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., a day of remembrance and of reflection about King's impact.  And that includes this powerful, heartfelt discussion between Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president, and Re…

John Lewis Wants to Be the Anti-Amazon

The retailer wants to build more personalised relationships with its customers through concierge-style services, doubling down on everything it says Amazon can’t do.

John Lewis joins growing network of Ingersoll stockists

Zeon believes that Ingersoll is making a mark because there are too many generic watch brands that look the same and market themselves the same way.

Rep. John Lewis Says Being Racist Must Be In Trump’s DNA

The civil rights legend criticizes Trump's "shithole" remark and says he won't attend his State of the Union address.
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