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Bank Holiday hits John Lewis sales

John Lewis saw sales rise by 0.1% last week and said the performance had been hit by the Bank Holiday’s hot weather.

‘Total sales for the week were up 0.1% on last year, with a particularly warm bank holiday having an impact on sales. Home sales were down 2.4%. However, outdoor living continues to perform well, with sales for the week up 8.7%. Our summer and poolside collections also both had strong weeks and promotional activity within Cookshop helped sales rise by 6.5%,’ said Johnathan Marsh, John Lewis
home and EHT buying director.

‘EHT had a strong week, up 8.9%. Vision had a very good week of sales, with televisions and soundbars performing well ahead of the World Cup kicking off later this month. Tablets and computers also performed well, driven by compelling promotions, and it was a record week for smart watches.

‘Fashion sales were down 4.5%, although own-brand womenswear had a good week with Kin by John Lewis a particular standout at +82%. It was also the biggest week ever in lingerie, driven by price matching activity through our Never Knowingly Undersold policy.’