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John Lewis sees sales drop

John Lewis saw sales drop in the past week, with only fashion enjoying growth.

‘Total sales for the week were down 3.5% [in the week to 26 January] as we annualised strong Clearance sales. We saw customers beginning to buy new season products and products to keep warm in the cold weather,’ said Johnathan Marsh, John Lewis
home buying director.

‘Home sales were down 7.2%. Estimator appointments for windows and flooring were up 9% and 6% respectively as customers made plans to update their homes.

‘Electrical and home technology sales were down 7.6% due to annualising strong sales from the end of Clearance last year.

‘Fashion sales were up 5% driven by demand for our own brand fashion. For example, sales of our own brand womenswear brand Modern Rarity were up 52%. Womenswear accessories had a particularly strong week with sales up 14.1% on last year.’

Home sales for the 26 week period were down 4.2%.