The department store group’s buying director for home Johnathan Marsh said the results came ”as we annualised strong Clearance sales”. He said: “We saw customers beginning to buy new season products and products to keep warm in the cold weather.”
Johnathan added: “Home sales were down 7.2%. Estimator appointments for windows and flooring were up 9% and 6% respectively, as customers made plans to update their homes.
“Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 7.6% due to annualising strong sales from the end of Clearance last year.
“Fashion sales were up 5.0% driven by demand for our own-brand fashion. For example; sales of our own-brand womenswear brand Modern Rarity were up 52%. Womenswear accessories had a particularly strong week, with sales up 14.1% on last year.”