The department store group’s electricals & home technology buyer director Laurence Mitchell said: “Customers purchased new season items due to cooler weather and enjoyed shopping promotional events across home and fashion.
“Home sales were up 13.8% as customers begin to prepare their homes for the festive season, with Christmas product up 25%. Quirky baubles such as dinosaurs are proving particularly popular, and shaped and animal baubles are currently outselling round baubles 7 to 1. Furniture and flooring was up 7.4% and carpets were up 26%.
“Electricals & Home Technology sales were up 9.5%. Small electricals sales were up 8.4% driven by personal care, with hair dryers proving popular as customers continued to combat the wet weather.’
“Fashion sales were up 13.7% as customers enjoyed shopping our fashion promotion, which started on Friday. Womenswear was up 28% and menswear was up 25.9%, as the cooler weather saw customers buying new season products. Cashmere overall was up 48%.”