The department store group’s head of shop trade for the south and west Alison Smith said Home sales rose 2.9%, “due to customers taking advantage of final Clearance offers and investing in their homes”. She added that Furniture and Flooring sales were up 7.3% on last year.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 11.9%, driven primarily by sales of large electrical items, TVs and smartphones. Sales of large electrical items were up 12% compared with last year, and sales of communications technology products were up 11.7%.
Fashion sales were down 0.4% on the same week last year, though womenswear sales remained strong at +9.9%.