Home is bright spot for John Lewis
Home emerged as the top performer for John Lewis last week as the chain suffered a disappointing week.
John Lewis enjoyed an increase in home sales in the week to 13 June, driven by large ticket items: particularly beds, but the vast majority of stores saw sales drop.
‘The fall of the calendar can sometimes have an impact on our sales figures and that was certainly the case last week. Father's Day this year falls one week later than last year, which contributed to sales being down -2.2% on last year,’ says Maggie Porteus John Lewis director of selling, North and new format.
‘Online fared better with an increase of 8.3%, with particularly strong sales from our Fashion assortments, but the going was tougher in shops. The best of the shop results came from the at home estate led by Ashford (pictured) at 3.7% up, while Cribbs Causeway took the honours for the full-line department stores with a 2.5% gain.
‘The Home directorate eased above the line last week (up 0.3%) with strong sales in our big ticket assortments and a particularly pleasing result for beds with an increase of 8.2%.
‘Electricals and home technology had a tougher week - last year Vision experienced exceptional increases with customers buying new screens for the World Cup, and we were unable to match those super-charged figures.’