PICTURED: John Lewis and Partners open a new store in Cheltenham , High Street. Customers and shoppers enjoy the first day of opening. Photo by Anna Lythgoe 18.10.18.

Gifting sales up 5.5% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 3.5% last week (to Saturday June 1)

due to “a combination of the impact of warm weather – and we were also annualising price matching competitor activity,” according to the department store group’s customer director Craig Inglis.

He said: “Home sales were down 1.4% on last year. However furniture and flooring sales were up 6.5% as customers took advantage of carpet promotions. Gifting sales were up 5.5%, primarily driven by sales of candles and our ‘Find Keep Give’ gifting range.

“Electrical and home technology sales were down 8.5% as we annualised against last year’s World Cup sales.

“Fashion sales were down 0.6%. However, menswear was up 14% and own-brand womenswear was up 3.1%.”


John Lewis & Partners branch in Cheltenham

PHOTO: Anna Lythgoe

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