The department store group’s shop trade director Maggie Porteous said: “Home sales were down 10.7% as we were annualising a competitor price-match event. However, our own-brand House range sales were up 10.6% as customers enjoyed shopping for new season products.
“Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 1.5%, but communications technology sales were up 4.7% as customers shopped for laptops driven by off-to-university demand.
“Fashion sales were down 7.6%, due to warm weather impacting sales of Autumn/Winter 2019 product. Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales were down 2.4% but sales of beauty improved over the weekend as we price-matched a competitor event.”
John Lewis & Partners’ House Autumn/Winter 2019 range