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Outdoor drop sees home fall at John Lewis

John Lewis increased overall sales in the past week but home sales dropped.

‘Total sales for the week [to 11 May] were up 0.6% with strong performance in our shops, particularly with the cool, wet weather at the start of the week,’ says Maggie Porteous, John Lewis shop trade director.

‘Home sales were down 3.3%. We saw good performance in Gift, cook & dine, particularly earlier in the week when we were running offers and price matching competitor promotions. Outdoor living sales were down against a record week last year, driven by the difference in weather.

‘Fashion sales were up 0.2%. Beauty, wellbeing & leisure had a strong week with sales up 8.4%. The cooler weather impacted sales of warm weather products and menswear was slightly down as we annualised brand offers that we ran last year.

Electrical and home technology sales were up 3.4%. Sales of TVs continue to be strong, up 38% on last year, and we saw good sales of the Dyson V10 and V11 cordless vacuum cleaners. Environmental care was down 49% against last year’s week of hot weather.’

Home sales for the 15 week period were down 5.2%.