The department store group’s trading director Simon Coble said: “Home sales were down 6.2%, but [own-brand] House performed well with sales up 4.4%. [Exclusive gifting collection] ‘Find Keep Give’ continues to do well, driving sales of Gifts and Candles up 3.4%. Christmas trees and Gift Food also continue to do well.
“Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 4.8%. However, accessories sales were up 2.5% due to strong sales within earphones.”
He added: “Overall, Fashion sales were up 4% on last year. Menswear sales were up 3.1% and men’s cashmere performed particularly well with sales up 12%. Women’s accessories sales were up 4.1%. And Beauty, Wellbeing & Leisure sales were up 16.7% as we price-matched a competitor.”
Launched earlier this month, John Lewis & Partners’ exclusive ‘Find Keep Give’ gifting collection comprises 200 pieces including tableware, glassware, ceramics and decorative accessories – 80% of which is designed in-house