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John Lewis drinks to furniture and flooring boost

John Lewis saw furniture and flooring sales rise in the past week, but it wasn’t enough for an overall home sales rise.

‘Our outdoor living furniture continues to be popular and total sales for furniture and flooring products were up 2.6% on the same week last year,’ said Liz Mihell,
John Lewis head of shop trade, London and South East.

‘Whilst home sales were down 1.1%, we saw sales of Father’s Day gifts increase, and sales of gin were up 15% on the previous week due to the successful World Gin Day campaign.’

Sales for the week to 9 June were up by 4.2%.

‘Total sales for the week were up on the same week last year, boosted by annualising a General Election and price matching competitor promotions through our Never Knowingly Undersold policy.

‘Electrical and home technology had a very strong week with sales up 12.1%. We saw standout sales of seasonal electrical items including lawnmowers and air purifiers, as well as TVs and TV stands where sales continued to be up as customers prepared to watch the World Cup which begins this week.

‘Fashion sales were ahead by 2.8% on the same week last year. Price matching a competitor’s promotion helped drive sales of beauty products up 13% and sales of women’s accessories up 8%. Own-brand womenswear had another strong week with sales up 4.8%.’

Home sales for the 19 week period were down by 2.7%.