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John Lewis sales down 4.8% last week

Total sales at the John Lewis & Partners department store business were down 4.8% last week on the corresponding period last year.

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John Lewis sales down 4.8% last week

Total sales at the John Lewis & Partners department store business were down 4.8% last week on the corresponding period last year.

The retailer said home sales fell by 9.5% due to discounts offered over half term by its competitors. However, John Lewis benefited from the unseasonably warm weather which led outdoor furniture sales to rise by 33%.

Electrical and home technology sales were also down with a drop of 6.9%, although sales in the tablets and computers category increased by 15.9% year-on-year.

Meanwhile fashion sales edged up 1.1% after menswear sales climbed by 3.1%. Men’s branded casual clothing performed particularly well following the launch of a new collection of six independent menswear brands in ten John Lewis shops and online. Sunglasses, swimwear and shorts were also popular with customers due to the weather.

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