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Home helps John Lewis to sales rise

JL BalaA rise in home sales helped John Lewis to lift overall performance in the past week.

‘Total sales for the week [to 6 July] were up 1.3% as customers continued to enjoy shopping summer clearance,’ says Bérangère Michel, John Lewis operations director. 

‘Home sales were up 0.5%, with textiles and home accessories sales up 2.3% on the same period last year. Gift food sales were up 11.4% driven by sales of confectionery and alcohol.

‘Fashion sales were up 6.2%, driven by sales of beauty, wellbeing and leisure which were up 12.4%. Price matching competitor beauty promotions drove beauty sales up by 17.6% on the same week last year. Menswear sales were up 9.8% and womenswear accessories were also up 6.6%.

‘Electrical and home technology sales were down 3.2%, however communications technology sales were up 4.7%. Personal care sales were up 50%, driven by the launch of the Dyson Airwrap Complete.’

Home sales for the 23 week period were down 3.7%.