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Upholstery orders jump a third at John Lewis

John Lewis has seen upholstery orders jump by more than a third in the first week of its summer sale.

‘Total sales for the week [to 23 June] were down 2.2% on the same week last year. Clearance got off to a good start but sales slowed at the weekend due to the hot weather,’ said Sienne Veit, John Lewis
product director.

‘Home sales were down 3.7%. However, in the coming weeks we expect to see a rise in sales of upholstery products as our “special buy” offers helped drive orders up 35%. Clearance also drove good sales of lighting products and beds which were up 19% and 7.5% respectively. Gifts, Cook and Dine sales were up 4%.

‘Fashion sales were down 0.1%. Women’s accessories continue to be up with sales growing 6.8% compared to the same period last year. Sales of new season womenswear products were up 4% and we also saw strong demand for beauty appointments which were up 20.8%.

‘Electrical and home technology sales were down 3.4%. Sales of TVs continued to be up with large screen TVs selling particularly well. Strong offers drove sales of vacuum cleaners and mobile phones up.’

Home sales for the 21 week period were down by 2.7%.