Total sales for last week (to Saturday May 11) were up 0.6% for John Lewis & Partners.
The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous noted that this was “a strong performance, particularly with the cool, wet weather at the start of the week”.
She said: “Home sales were down 3.3%. We saw good performance in Gift, Cook & Dine, particularly earlier in the week when we were running offers and price-matching competitors’ promotions. Outdoor Living sales were down against a record week last year, driven by the difference in weather.
“Electrical and home technology sales were up 3.4%. Sales of TVs continued to be strong, up 38% on last year, and we saw good sales of the Dyson V10 and V11 cordless vacuum cleaners. Environmental Care was down 49% against last year’s week of hot weather.’
“Fashion sales were up 0.2%. Beauty, Wellbeing & Leisure had a strong week with sales up 8.4%. But the cooler weather impacted sales of warm weather products and Menswear was slightly down as we annualised brand offers that we ran last year.”
John Lewis & Partners’ Cheltenham branch
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