The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said: “Home sales were down 9.5% due to discounting and competitors’ half term offers. But last week saw our highest February sales of outdoor furniture, with sales up 33% due to the warm weather.”
She added: “Electrical and home technology sales were down 6.9% but we saw positive sales of tablets and computers, which were up 15.9% on last year.
“Fashion sales were up 1.1%. Menswear sales were up 3.1% with men’s branded casual clothing performing particularly well, following the launch of our new collection of six independent menswear brands in 10 shops and online. And warm weather products, including sunglasses, swimwear and shorts, were up 13% on last year.”
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