The department store group’s buying director for electrical and home technology Laurence Mitchell said: “Home sales were up 4% with ‘Gifts, Cook and Dine’ sales up 3.2%. Within this, Gift sales were up 17.1%, driven by customers shopping for Father’s Day.
“Last week was also our biggest ever Father’s Day week for customers purchasing gift cards, up 24% year-on-year. Within this, gift cards purchased from our third party mail business were up 43% year-on-year.
“Bedroom and bathroom sales were also up 5% and home accessories sales were up 13%.
“Electrical and home technology sales were down 1.3%. However, sales of large electrical products were up 8% and sales of headphones were up 54%, driven by a new product launch.
“Fashion sales were up 7.6% and women’s accessories were up 11.3%. Sales of own-brand fashion were up 7.1%, with new season KIN products performing particularly well, up 47%. Price-matching competitors through our ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ promise saw beauty sales go up 26%.”