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Home sales plunge at John Lewis

John Lewis suffered a double-digit fall in home sales in the past week, which the chain blamed on the hot weather.

Home sales dropped by 13.5%, fashion sales fell by 3.5% and electricals and home technology sales dropped by 6.8% in the week to 30 June, as overall sales fell by 7.9%.

‘Home sales were down 13.5%, although outdoor living continues to perform strongly. Low tog duvets saw sales rise by 36% and picnic products were up 27% as customers prepared to head outside to enjoy the weather. Hydration, which includes reusable water bottles, also saw an uplift of 26%,’ said Simon Russell
John Lewis operations development director.

‘Fashion sales were down 3.5%. However, the rise in temperatures helped drive warm weather clothing which was up 27% and it was also a record week for sunglasses up 79%. Womens own brand fashion also had a good week with sales up 18%.

‘EHT sales were down 6.8%. Vision continues to perform well, with customers purchasing TVs to watch the World Cup, and small electricals had a strong week with fans and air purifiers seeing triple digit percentage growth. Elsewhere, beverages such as coffee machines enjoyed a good week and sales in wearable tech were up driven by new launches.’