Same store sales at Signet Jewelers’ UK retail chains Ernest Jones and H Samuel increased by 3.6% in the third quarter of the company’s 2017 financial year.
Strong sales of prestige watches and diamond jewellery rescued what would otherwise have been a tough three months from July to September with the overall number of transactions declining by 3.3% due primarily to falling sales of fashion watches.
Average transaction values (ATVs) increased by 6.5% during the quarter thanks to more luxury watches being sold.
The higher end retailer Ernest Jones announced same store sales up 5.7% in the quarter while H Samuel, which serves the value end of the market saw sales rise by just 1.5%.
The US-based Signet Group said that global same store sales fell by 2% in the quarter, with the UK the only country recording growth.
Mark Light, chief executive officer of Signet Jewelers, said, “We expected challenging market conditions to result in a sales decline. However, our continuing ability to execute in a difficult environment led to results that were somewhat better than our expectations.”