The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said the results were impacted by the later falls of Mother’s Day and Easter this year.
She commented: “Home sales were down 10.7%. Outdoor Living sales were up 8% due to the warmer weather. Fashion sales were down 10.1%. However, warm weather clothing was up 9% and Menswear sales grew 3.3% due to new brand launches in this category.”
She added: “Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 6.3%. On Friday we launched our own-brand Personal Care range, which includes hair dryers, hair straighteners and men’s grooming products such as clippers.”