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John Lewis sees quarterly home sales drop

John Lewis suffered another weekly fall in home sales in the past week. The chain has only seen two weekly increases since June.

'Home was down 5.8% although filled bedding saw an uplift of 5% driven by the cooler weather. Decorative bedding also had a good week and cushions were up 25%. With less than two months to go until Christmas, Gift Food saw sales rise by 14% and Christmas trees were up 18%,’ said Simon Russell, John Lewis
operations development director.

‘Total sales for the week [to 27 October] were up 0.3%. Fashion had a good week, with sales up 5.6%. The lower temperatures drove sales of cold weather clothing up 12%, with cashmere and knitwear standing out at up 33% and up 42% respectively. Womenswear had a strong week, up 13.4%, with own-brand products performing particularly well and elsewhere, beauty, wellbeing and leisure saw sales rise by 8.6%.

‘EHT was up 0.5%. Connected home had a particularly strong week, with sales of smart home products up 53%. Gaming also had a very good week and mobile performed well driven by new launches.’

Home sales for the quarter were down 4.7%, with total sales 0.2% lower for the period.