'Total sales were up 8.5% on the same week last year as customers shopped promotions across Fashion and Beauty in our shops and online.
Fashion sales were up 32.1% as customers enjoyed shopping our 20% off promotion and sales of own brand fashion products were up 46.0%. Sales of boots were up 34% due to the wet weather, with hiker and biker styles proving particularly popular.
Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales were also up 25.3% as we price matched a competitor’s promotion.
Sales of Christmas products are on the rise as customers prepare for the festive season early this year, with loose baubles up 20.0% and our unique Quality Street offering proving popular across the country. Toy sales were also up 17.0% as schools broke up for half term.
Home sales were down 13.8%. However, sales of weighted blankets and duvets were on the rise as customers combatted the cooler weather.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 3.7% with new products in the Android and Apple categories in high demand. We also saw sales of Cooking product up 13%, as customers prepare to host over the festive season.'
Christine Kasoulis, Partner & Buying Director, Fashion, John Lewis & Partners