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Home leads John Lewis down as sales dip

Home sales saw a large dip at John Lewis in the past week, contributing to an overall sales drop.

‘Home sales were down 6.9% on the same week last year. However, sales of bedlinen were up on last year and cookshop performed well, with strong sales of re-usable coffee cups and water bottles,’ said Maggie Porteous, John Lewis shop trade director.

‘Electrical and home technology sales were up 4.1%. This was driven by strong sales of electrical items with demand strongest for TVs and smart speakers. Sales of televisions were up 26% compared to last year.

‘Fashion sales were up 2.3% largely due to beauty, wellbeing and leisure sales which were up 9.5%. The launch of our Spring campaign Only Here boosted sales of our contemporary lifestyle brand Kin across womenswear, accessories and menswear with Kin womenswear sales up 53% on last year.’

Total sales dropped by 0.2%. The same week a year ago saw a 5.2% increase.