The late summer heatwave and sunny bank holiday weekend played out across John Lewis last week (to August 27), with sales finishing down 3.5% at £78.9m.
The department store group’s director of merchandising operations Jon Williams said EHT (Electricals & Home Technology) had a “solid week” with sales up 2.6% on the year, and the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer continuing to prove popular with customers.
But the Home category saw sales fall 1.7% on the year – although Furniture performed strongly and traded at +11.2% compared with the same week last year.
“Understandably it was Fashion that was most heavily impacted by the warm weather,” Jon said, “with the category finishing the week at -9.9%. However, the sunshine meant that sales of Antler luggage rose by 37%, suggesting that the weather could have prompted customers to book a last-minute bank holiday break”.