'Total sales for the week were down 3.4% on the same week last year.
Fashion sales were up 1.2%. Price matching competitor beauty promotions through our commitment to being never knowingly being undersold drove Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales up 7.2%. Sales of Women’s Accessories were up 10.9%, primarily driven by demand for premium brands.
Home sales were down 7.6%; however we had a record week for Valentine’s Day products with sales up 27% on last year. Upholstery sales were up 39% on last year as customers looked to update their homes.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 3.1% but we saw positive sales of Communications Technology products which were up 2.4%, driven by sales of tablets and computers.'
Simon Coble, Partner & Director, Trade, John Lewis & Partners