The department store group‘s head of shop trade for London and the East Liz Mihell said: “Overall, Home sales were up 0.8%. Furniture and Flooring sales were up 3% on the same week last year, and we saw particularly strong sales of beds as customers turned their attention to making their homes ready for winter. Cookshop sales rose by 9% on the back of some price-matching on popular brands.”
She added: “Electrical and home technology sales were down 3.8% as we annualised strong sales. However, we saw strong demand for a number of new products including the Dyson Airwrap, which launched online and in our shops last week.”
Fashion sales were up 7.6%, “noticeably benefitting from the colder weather”. Womenswear and Menswear sales were up 15.4% and 9.6% respectively. Parents shopping with children during half-term also increased sales, as total sales of Childrenswear, Nursery and Haberdashery were up 3.1%.