Upholstery and curtains boost John Lewis
John Lewis saw pre-Christmas demand for upholstery and curtains.
The chain saw a 19% increase in upholstery sales in the week to 17 December, and sales of express curtains were up by more than a third.
‘Last week, total sales reached £172.5m, up 0.4% year on year. The extra time created by Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year means the big shopping days before Christmas are likely to be in the week ahead,’ says Johnathan Marsh, John Lewis electricals and home technology buying director.
‘Home sales were down 1.3% year on year, however sales of upholstery were up 18%, and sales of express curtains were up 34%. Gifting achieved another record week in which food gifts sold particularly well. Our Christmas Shops saw sales rise by 8%.
‘Fashion sales were up 2.6% year on year with knitwear having a record week with sales up 35% year on year. Menswear sales were up 6.6% and sales of beauty, wellbeing and leisure products were up 2.1%.
‘EHT sales were down 0.6% year on year. Sales of Dyson supersonic hairdryers were again the best selling electrical item. Headphones, mobile phones and wearable tech products achieved record sales, and sales of large electrical items were also strong.’
Home sales for the 20 week period were up 1.3%.