'Total sales were up 4.8% on the same week last year due to the great customer response to the start of the 20% off promotional Home event, which continues until 6 October.
Fashion sales were down 4.2%, however Women’s Accessories were up 0.3% and we had our biggest week for sales of umbrellas in four years due to last week’s wet weather.
Home sales were up 16.8% with strong performances in a number of categories including Furniture, up 24%, and Furniture Accessories, up 23%; Cookshop, up 18%; Lighting, up 29%; and Gifts and Candles, up 14.3%.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 4.5% driven by a combination of Apple product sales and strong sales of televisions.'
Craig Inglis, Partner & Customer Director, John Lewis & Partners