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John Lewis sales down 4.3% last week

Wednesday March 16th 2016

John Lewis faced tougher trading conditions last week after Mother's Day fell a week earlier this year. This meant the department store chain finished the week with sales 4.3% down on the same week last year.

Electricals and home technology sales edged down 0.2%, although the launch of new products supported sales in categories such as audio which finished the week 4.4% up year-on-year.

Sales across fashion declined by 9.6% but cold weather lines outperformed warm weather products as the winter weather persisted.

Meanwhile, sales in the home directorate fell by 2.4% overall despite a 4.8% uplift in furniture sales.

Johnathan Marsh, buying director for EHT at John Lewis, said: “After a strong performance last week we faced into tougher trading conditions with Mother's Day falling a week earlier this year.”

Looking ahead to this week, he added: “Customers will continue to prepare for Easter during the week ahead as we move forward into Spring.”