John Lewis sees home dip
After a run of sales increases, helped by strong furniture sales, John Lewis saw home sales slip back last week.
‘As ongoing cooler weather meant customers are firmly in the Autumn buying mode, sales at John Lewis totalled £90.6m, an increase of 8.5% on the year,’ says Paula Nickolds, John Lewis commercial director.
‘Home sales were more challenging and finished the week at -0.5%. However, lighting saw a strong sales rise of 6.4% as customers look to light up their homes as the evenings become darker.
‘Electricals and Home Technology had a storming week bolstered by new product launches, and finished the week at plus 19.5%. Audio and connected home products saw the biggest sales increase at +28.1%, with Nest devices in new colour options a standout favourite.
‘Fashion sales were up 7.7% on the year. Customers reacted to the drop in temperature by purchasing items of clothing to wrap up warm in, with cool weather fashion items up 12.0%. Womenswear had a successful week with sales up 16.6%, and beauty also had a strong week with sales 10.7% higher.’
Home sales for the 11 week period to 11 October were 1.8% higher.