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John Lewis sales down 1.2% last week as hot weather impacts footfall

Sales at John Lewis slipped 1.2% year-on-year last week as 30ÂșC temperatures across most of the country impacted footfall in the retailer's stores.

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John Lewis sales down 1.2% last week as hot weather impacts footfall

Sales at John Lewis slipped 1.2% year-on-year last week as 30ÂșC temperatures across most of the country impacted footfall in the retailer's stores.

However, online sales rose by 8.9% driven by strong trade in electrical products and womenswear, and a good response from customers to 'hot weather' promotions.

Within the buying directorates, Electrical and Home Technology sales increased by 7% with sales of cooling products double that of the previous record week due to the hot weather. Other top selling items included cameras, juicers and fridges.

The Home directorate had a more difficult week with sales down by 10% although outdoor furniture performed well. 

Fashion sales slipped by 0.2% despite buoyant trade in sunglasses, suncare and sandals.

Andy Street, John Lewis managing director, said: “Taking the four weeks of July together trade has certainly been challenging. But the indications are that the heatwave is nearing a conclusion. Therefore this, the last week of the half, does give us the opportunity to make up some lost ground.”

 

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