Sales for last week (to September 3) for John Lewis were £87.5m, up 0.8% on the year.
The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said that with the warmer weather continuing to affect sales, fashion sales were down on last year at -0.9%.
EHT (Electrials & Home Technology) sales were up 5.5%. Mobile phone sales continued to be a key driver, with Motorola models selling particularly well, and the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer still on John Lewis’ bestsellers list.
For Home, sales were down -1.9%, although, Maggie Porteous pointed out, Furniture continued its strong run-rate at +4.3%.
She added: “Our own-brand ranges continue to show real strength, with House performing incredibly well on the back of a promotion, and our latest range, Design Project, also posting a strong week for sales.”