The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said this figure “was partly due to a reduction in promotional activity compared to the same period last year”.
She added: “Home sales were down 7.3%. Christmas tree sales were up 21% and Christmas baubles had a record week, up 19%, as customers prepared their homes for the festive period. Gift food also performed well.
“Electrical and home technology sales were slightly down 0.9% but small electrical sales continued to do well as customers bought Dyson Airwraps. Mobile deals and accessories also performed well.
“Fashion sales were down 6.8%, with the mild weather continuing to affect cold weather categories. However, womenswear performed well, up 3.7%, driven by customers shopping for the party season.”
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