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