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Student success fails to lift John Lewis

JLHouseJohn Lewis suffered an almost double-digit fall in home sales in the past week, despite success in the student market.

Total sales were down 5.5% in the week to 7 September.

on the same week last year. 

 ‘Home sales were down 9.1%. However, our own brand House range had its biggest week this year as students prepared for university and Off to Uni sales were up 26% week on week,’ says Berangere Michel, John Lewis operations director.

‘Fashion sales were down 4.9%, due to the annualising of the launch of John Lewis & Partners Womenswear collection. Beauty, wellbeing and leisure was up 3%, as we price matched a competitor event.

‘Electrical and home technology sales were down 3.5%, however sales of large electricals were up 1.5% as customers continued to shop for cooking products.’

Home sales for the 32 week period were down 4.3%.