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Blinds and textiles drive John Lewis home growth

JLblinds2John Lewis ended a three week run of falling home sales.

The chain saw home sales rise by 5.8% in the week to 16 September.
‘Gifts, cook & dine saw growth of 7.6%, driven by the back to uni demand, and textiles and home accessories were up 7.7%. Blinds also enjoyed a good week, with sales up 12%,’ said Christine Kasoulis John Lewis
buying director, fashion.
Total sales were 7.6% higher at £85.4m.
Home sales for the seven week period were up 0.7%.
‘Fashion had an exceptionally strong week, with sales up 18.4%. Both mens and womenswear saw double digit growth, with autumn/winter clothing driving sales as we approach the cooler months. Own brand womenswear in particular experienced strong sales as the new Eudon Choi x modern rarity collection enjoyed its first full week in shops and online. Elsewhere, beauty was up 10%, supported by new launches, and fragrance also enjoyed a good week with sales up 9%.
‘EHT was up 1.6% for the week. Audio had a good week, driven by a compelling Sonos promotion to celebrate its 15 year anniversary and Vision also saw strong sales this week. Accessories also performed well as own-label iPhone cases launched in shops and online.