Weather hits John Lewis sales despite furniture and flooring increases
Strong increases in furniture and flooring sales at John Lewis were not enough to prevent the chain seeing a drop in sales as the mild weather hit clothing sales.
For only the third time in the past 33 weeks, the chain sales a drop in sales in the week to 13 September.
'A milder week for both weather and sales at -3.5% on the year. With children now back at school, thoughts would usually turn to winter essentials; however, the unseasonably warmer days are delaying these purchases. Footfall was restricted on the year due to less promotional activity on the high street,' says Johnathan Marsh, John Lewis electricals and home technology buying director.
'Fashion sales were -13.1% on the year, driven by the mild weather and reduced promotional activity. Home had a good week with a 0.6% gain on the year. This was driven by furniture, up 9%, and home accessories and gifts, up 7%. Beds and bedroom sales were up 19% and upholstery was up 17% with Any Shape Any Fabric fully established.
'Online sales were 5.6% up on the year. Home sales were up 7%, reflecting the trend in stores, with home accessories and gifts performing well with a 12% rise. Textiles and carpets were also up 11% despite the impact of cooler weather last year.'