John Lewis’ total sales for last week (to Saturday February 18) were £75 million, down 0.2% on last year.
Simon Russell, director of retail operations development for the department store group, said sales of Home products were down 1.5% year-on-year, but noted that sales of home accessories and gifts were up 8.5% due to Valentine’s Day.
He added: “This week we will be launching popular US [furniture and homeware] brand West Elm in our Southampton and Welwyn shops.”
Electrical and Home Technology (EHT) sales were up 0.4% on last year, driven by sales of communications tech products which were up 6%. There was particularly strong demand for Apple Mac products.
Fashion sales were up 1.4% year-on-year, and the spring/summer range of John Lewis’ own-brand Modern Rarity womenwear range proved popular.
Sales of beauty, wellbeing and leisure products were up by 11.2%, as customers bought gifts for Valentine’s Day.