Tougher trading week for John Lewis

John Lewis faced ‘tougher trading conditions’ last week (to March 12) after Mother’s Day fell a week earlier this year.

The department store group finished the week with total sales of £71.5m, down 4.3% on last year.

EHT (Electricals & Home Technology) sales fell just short of last year at -0.2%, although the launch of new products supported sales in categories such as audio, which finished 4.4% up.

Sales in Home were down 2.4% on last year, although furniture performed strongly and saw a 4.8% uplift.

Sales across Fashion finished the week at down 9.6%, and cold weather lines outperformed warm weather products as the winter weather persisted.

John Lewis buying director of EHT Johnathan Marsh said: “Customers will continue to prepare for Easter during the week ahead as we move forward into Spring.”

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