John Lewis sales down 11.9% last week
The John Lewis department store chain saw its total sales decline by 11.9% year-on-year last week due to trade being more subdued following the Black Friday period.
Fashion sales fell by 13.3% although sales of cashmere items rose by 6% due to the colder weather.
Electrical and home technology sales also dropped, declining by 14.7%. However, sales in the small electricals category increased by 7% after trade was boosted by a strong performance in the personal care category.
Meanwhile, home sales were down 6.3% despite respective uplifts of 17% and 53% in the bedroom products and furniture categories. In addition, experience sales surged by 173% as customers shopped for personalised Kit Kats and Fever Tree crackers ahead of Christmas.
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