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John Lewis sees home sales wilt in the heat

JLCroft4Home sale at John Lewis were hit by the hot weather in the past week.

‘Total sales for the week [to 27 July] were down 0.3 % on the same week last year, with the hot weather impacting trade during the week.   

‘Home sales were down 8.5% as the hot weather impacted customer demand for homeware products,’ says Johnathan Marsh, John Lewis home buying director.

‘Fashion sales were up 3.2%, driven by demand for high summer womenswear items as customers refreshed their summer wardrobes.  We also saw families starting to get ready for the school term in September, with sales of school shoes up 4%.

‘Electrical and home technology sales were up 4.1%, as the high temperatures resulted in our biggest week of sales of environmental care products, including fans, air purifiers and air conditioning units, which were up 193%, compared to the same week last year.' 

Home sales of the 26 week period were down 3.6%.