Alison Smith, director of shop trade south and west for the department store group, said Home sales were down 0.8% but furniture and flooring sales were up 3.3%. “Our 2018 spring/summer outdoor furniture range went on sale last week and achieved a record launch week for outdoor furniture,” she said.
Alison added: “Demand for Easter gifts and cards is driving sales in gift food and stationery.”
Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 2.1%. Electrical sales were up 4.5% driven by strong sales across TVs, small electricals, vacuum cleaners and large electrical items. In Communications Technology, John Lewis saw strong sales of smartphones.
Fashion sales were up 0.4%.“Womenswear sales continued to have a standout performance, with sales up 6.3% due to customers beginning to buy items for their spring/summer wardrobes,” Alison commented.