Outdoor living and small electricals sales up at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis for last week (to Saturday February 10) were up 1.7% on last year.

The department store chain’s director of retail operations development Simon Russell said Home sales were down 6.3%, although Outdoor Living had “a positive start to the season”. Upholstery also had a “solid week”, and Bedroom Furniture was up 16%.

Electricals and Home Technology had a strong week with sales up 9.1%, largely driven by Audio and Connected Home. Elsewhere, Vision had a buoyant week with sales of OLED TVs a particular standout, and Small Electricals also enjoyed an uplift, with sales of coffee machines continuing to perform well.

Fashion was up 2.1%, with Womenswear driving sales up 5.4%. Cold weather clothing in particular performed well: 11% ahead of the same time last year. Women’s Accessories also enjoyed a strong week with sales growing 4.4%.

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