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Home suffers amid John Lewis sales

JLDriftJohn Lewis saw a drop in home sales last week, as it enjoyed overall growth during its sale.

Home sales dropped by 3.3% in the week to 4 July, but were 3.9% higher in the 22 week period.
‘The second week of Clearance is an important week during the first half and everyone worked hard to deliver the 2.7% growth. There is no doubt that while the warmer weather has been a pleasant change, it has played its part in shaping the pattern of trade,’ says Tim Harrison,
John Lewis store development director.
‘In shops, trade was tougher as a result of the warmer weather. Chester, Ipswich, Exeter, Cardiff and Stratford were the strongest performers against last year. The second week of Clearance was particularly strong online. Sales finished 21.9% higher than the previous year. Operationally this was excellently executed.
‘Home had a tougher week in comparison, down 3.3%, but the standout performer has to be Outdoor Living with a stunning 94% increase and within that, outdoor buildings had the single biggest year-on-year uplift.’