John Lewis cuts staff bonus again after profits slump


Staff at the John Lewis Partnership will see their bonuses cut for the fifth year in a row after the retail giant revealed a slump in profits and warned earnings will remain under pressure in 2018.

The group said it will reduce the renowned bonus to 5% of annual salary, with 85,500 partners sharing out a pot worth £74 million, down from £89.4 million the previous year.

It has cut the bonus for five years running now, down from 6% last year and as much as 17% in 2013.

Sir Charlie Mayfield is chairman of the John Lewis Partnership
Chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said it had been a 'challenging year' (PA)

It comes as the partnership - which owns the eponymous department store and upmarket supermarket Waitrose - posted a 77% plunge in bottom line pre-tax annual profits to £103.9 million after one-off charges.

Underlying pre-tax profits were 21.9% down at £289.2 million for the year to January 27.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said it had been a "challenging year".

He also cautioned the group expects "further pressure on profits" over the year ahead amid volatile trading.

Sir Charlie added: "We said in January 2017 that we were preparing for tougher trading conditions, with weakness in sterling feeding through into cost prices.

"This was why we chose to reduce the proportion of profits paid as partnership bonus last year so as to absorb these impacts while continuing to invest in the future and in strengthening our balance sheet."