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John Lewis sees home lift

John Lewis enjoyed a rare week of increased home sales in the past week, helped by a rise in furniture and flooring sales.

‘Overall home sales were up 0.8%. Furniture and flooring sales were up 3% on the same week as last year, and we saw particularly strong sales of beds as customers turned their attention to making their homes ready for winter. Cookshop sales rose by 9% on the back of some price matching on popular brands,’ said Liz Mihell, John Lewis head of shop trade, London and east.

Total sales for the week to 3 November were up 1.4%.

‘Fashion sales were up 7.6%, noticeably benefitting from the colder weather which boosted sales of all fashion categories. Womenswear and menswear sales were up 15.4% and 9.6% respectively. Parents shopping with children during half-term increased sales and total sales of childrenswear, nursery and haberdashery were up 3.1%.

‘Electrical and home technology sales were down 3.8% as we annualised strong sales. However, we saw strong demand for a number of new products including the Dyson Airwrap, which launched online and in our shops last week.’

Home sales for the 14 week period were down 4.2%.