John Lewis weekly sales down 2.3%

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday October 13) were down 2.3% compared with the same week last year.

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

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