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Home proves to be another disappointment for John Lewis

Beds proved to be a highlight of trading at John Lewis last week, but sales fell in all three product directorates.

John Lewis saw another week of lower sales, including a decline in home sales for the seventh consecutive week.

Total sales for the week to 11 November were £108.8m, down 3.2%.

‘Home sales were down 4.6%. Cookshop, however, had a good week and premium products within bathshop also saw sales rise. Elsewhere, beds were up 3% with bed linen also up on last year,’ said Ed Connolly, John Lewis
trading director.

‘Fashion sales were down 4.2%. Beauty, wellbeing and leisure sales however had a strong week, up 7.2%. Beauty in particular enjoyed a good week, experiencing double digit growth, and toys also performed well as parents begin to look ahead to Christmas.

‘Electrical and home technology was down 0.4%, although tablets and computers had a good week. Accessories enjoyed double digit growth due to strong sales of AirPods and within small electricals, kettles, toasters and coffee machines also all saw sales rise.’

Home sales for the 15 week period were down by 1.9%.

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