'Total sales for the week were down 2.6% as we annualised price matching a competitor event last year. However, we had a strong Bank Holiday weekend, with the cooler weather driving footfall to our shops compared to the very hot weather on the same weekend last year.
Fashion sales were down 2.1% as last year we were matching competitor promotional activity. This year, promotional activity in Beauty and Women's Accessories performed particularly well. Home sales were down 9.1%, however performance over the Bank Holiday weekend was much stronger than earlier in the week and particularly good given we were annualising promotional activity and a Partnership Card double points event last year. Bedroom Furniture and Upholstery in particular performed well.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 1.7%. We saw good sales of the newly launched John Lewis & Partners US style Fridge Freezer and of new TV products, including the LG C9 4K Ultra HD Smart TV and pre-orders of the Sony Bravia AG9 Ultra HD Smart Android TV.'
Bérangère Michel, Partner and Operations Director, John Lewis & Partners