The department store group’s director of online product Sienna Veit said Home sales were down 0.1%, as warmer weather this time in 2016 significantly drove sales of outdoor living in the same week last year.
But cooking and dining had ‘a good week’, with sales rising by 4.2%, and textiles and carpets also saw growth, with bed linen in particular up 9.4%. Furniture was also up year-on-year as fitted furniture enjoyed double digit growth.
EHT (Electricals & Home Technology) sales were up 3.8%. Mobile and photo performed strongly – up 36.4% – as new products continued to drive sales. New launches also supported sales within vision, which saw an uplift of 7.9%, as both Sony and LG launched new OLED televisions.
Fashion saw the strongest sales growth, up 3.9% year-on-year. Casualwear in particular performed well, seeing double digit growth for both men and women. Beauty, wellbeing and leisure also had a strong week – up 14.6% – with sales of premium beauty brands helping drive the uplift.