John Lewis sees home sales slip as shoppers turn their attention to clothing, Christmas and TVs
John Lewis saw home sales fall for the third week as consumers spent their money on clothing and TVs and began to plan for Christmas.
Home sales dropped by 1.9% in the week to 9 September.
‘We're beginning to see online searches for Christmas products rise, and at the end of last week we launched our online Christmas Shop. We also launched a range of Anthropologie home products in our shops and online for the first time,’ said Ed Connolly, John Lewis commercial director.
Total sales for the week were up 3.5%, at £85.6m.
‘Fashion had a strong week with sales up 9.8%. Womenswear sales were up 16.4% and menswear sales were up 15.4% on the same week last year. The growth was driven by the launch of new products and brands including Boden, which went on sale online and in two shops, luxury Scottish brand Brora, and our Modern Rarity Eudon Choi collection of coats.
‘Electrical and home technology sales were up 2.8%. Sales of televisions were particularly strong due to the popularity of new Sony Smart TV ranges. We also saw strong demand for mobile phones.’
Home sales for the six week period were down 0.1%.