The department store group’s buying director Christine Kasoulis said: “Home sales were down 5.9% but sales of the House by John Lewis range were up 15%, as students prepare to go to university next month.
“Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 1.3%. Vision sales were up 13.8% as new launches inspired customers to upgrade their TVs. Large electricals were up 6.5%, driven by sales of cooking products. Range cookers were up 20% and single ovens were up 31% with half-price installation proving popular.
“Fashion sales were down 4.3%. However, women’s accessories were up 3.1% with premium accessories performing particularly well, up 19%. Within premium accessories, handbags were up 26% and jewellery sales were up 7% compared with last year.”