'Total sales for the week were up 0.6% with strong performance in our shops, particularly with the cool, wet weather at the start of the week.
Fashion sales were up 0.2%. Beauty, Wellbeing & Leisure had a strong week with sales up 8.4%. The cooler weather impacted sales of Warm Weather products and Menswear was slightly down as we annualised brand offers that we ran last year.
Home sales were down 3.3%. We saw good performance in Gift, Cook & Dine, particularly earlier in the week when we were running offers and price matching competitor promotions. Outdoor Living sales were down against a record week last year, driven by the difference in weather.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 3.4%. Sales of TVs continue to be strong, up 38% on last year, and we saw good sales of the Dyson V10 and V11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaners. Environmental Care was down 49% against last year’s week of hot weather.'
Maggie Porteous, Partner and Director, Shop Trade, John Lewis & Partners