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John Lewis sees home sales drop again

John Lewis & Partners saw home sales fall once again in the past week.

‘Total sales for the week [to 22 September] were up 0.5% compared to the same week last year, when we were price matching a competitor's promotion. Warm weather at the beginning of the week impacted sales in some areas, but launches of new products during the week, including our Christmas Shop, boosted sales,’ said Sienne Veit, John Lewis & Partners digital director.

‘Home sales were down 3.4%, but sales of Gift, Cook and Dine products were up 1.6% on last year driven by the launch of our Christmas Shop, where sales were up 3% on the previous year. We are seeing very strong demand for our exclusive personalised Quality Street tins.’

Home sales for the eight week period were down 3.9%.

‘Electrical and home technology sales were up 10.8%. Communications technology product sales were up 29.8% driven largely by demand for the new Apple iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 which went on sale last week in our shops and online. Overall fashion sales were down 6.8% compared to the same week last year when we price matched a competitor’s promotion on beauty products that wasn’t repeated last week. Yet, sales of our own brand womenswear continue to be strong with sales up 9.8%.’