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Furniture helps lift home at John Lewis

Home sales at John Lewis grew in the past week, helped by strong furniture sales.

‘Total sales for the week were up 11.4% on the same week [to 2 March] last year. We saw positive sales across all categories, driven by the warmer weather, price matching competitors through our Never Knowingly Undersold promise and annualising a slower week of sales due to last year’s “Beast from the East”,’ said Berangere Michel, John Lewis operations director.

‘Home sales were up 5.2%. Mother’s Day gifting sales were up 22% and bath shop product sales grew by 15.9% on the same week last year. Demand for new furniture grew sales in this category by 12%. 

Electrical and home technology sales were up 5.0%. Sales of wearable technology products were up 10% and headphone sales grew 39%.

‘Fashion sales were up 23.3%. New season clothing was up 17% as customers were refreshing their wardrobes due to the unseasonably warm weather. Price matching competitors saw beauty sales up 37.8%.’

Home sales for the five week period were down 4.6%.