Home sales wilt in the heat
John Lewis saw home sales fall back in the week to 29 June, despite the weather lifting garden furniture.
‘Total sales for the week were up 4.1% on the same week last year as summer clearance continued to perform well and price matching competitor promotions drove sales in shops and online,’ says Craig Inglis, John Lewis customer director.
‘Home sales were down 0.9%, however last week’s warm weather boosted sales of outdoor living which were up 9%, picnic products were up 8% and low tog duvets were up 17%.
‘Fashion sales were up 7.6%, driven by beauty sales which were up 19.8% due to price matching competitor activity. Own brand menswear sales were up 12%, driven by sales of formal blazers and smart jackets which were up 85% compared to last year.
‘Electrical and home technology sales were up 5.8%. Sales of John Lewis own brand environmental care products, which includes indoor and handheld fans, were up 108%, compared to the same week last year. Android sales were also up 26% as we launched the OnePlus 7 Pro last week.’
Home sales for the 22 week period were down 3.9%.