Outdoor living sales up 16% at John Lewis

Sales at John Lewis last week (to Saturday June 3) totalled £83.8 million: up 2% on last year.

The department store group’s director of merchandising operations Jon Williams noted that although home sales were down 1.8%, the outdoor living area was up 16%, with outdoor furniture up 10.4% and barbecues up 43%.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 5%. However, small electricals saw a 2.6% uplift, driven by increased sales of fans buoyed by the hot weather.

Fashion sales were up 12.5%, driven by a price match promotion which saw beauty sales increase 13.1% and women’s shoe sales rise1.5% on last year. The high temperatures also helped lift summer clothing sales by 40%.

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