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Furniture and flooring provide boost but John Lewis sees sales fall away

An increase in furniture and flooring sales at John Lewis in the past wek was not enough to halt a large fall in sales.

‘Total sales for the week [to 19 May] were down 6.3%. We saw good sales at the start of the week but weekend sales were impacted by the hot weather and customers turning their attention to the weekend's celebrations,’ said Mark Felix,
John Lewis online trade director.

‘Home sales were down 8%. Upholstery had a strong start to the week, and furniture and flooring sales were up 1.5% as customers continued to buy outdoor furniture. We experienced extremely strong demand for royal wedding memorabilia and partyware from customers and tourists who celebrated the occasion.  

‘Fashion sales were down 8%. However, women’s accessories were up 2.7% and womenswear own brand fashion sales were up 7%.  

‘Electrical and home technology sales were down 0.8%. Sales of electrical products were up 1.4% with notably strong demand for DIY products. Sales of TVs and fans continue to be up due to the warm weather and customers planning to watch the royal wedding and FA Cup final.’

Home sales for the 15 week period were down 3%.