'Total sales were down 3.4% on the same week last year but following the launch of the John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners Christmas advert on Thursday, customers started shopping Excitable Edgar merchandise and we also saw positive sales of cold weather product across fashion and home.
Fashion sales were up 0.7% as customers shopped cold weather products due to the recent drop in temperature. Womenswear outerwear was up 52%, women’s gloves were up 16% and cashmere sales were up 2%, compared with the same week last year.
Home sales were up 3.4% and our recent Home promotion saw Flooring sales up 31% and Fitted Furniture up 70%. Customers cosied up last week with high tog duvets and faux fur blankets in strong demand. Christmas product sales were up 22% and sales of Christmas trees were up 25%, as customers prepared for the festive season.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 14.4% as we annualised against new product launches. Environmental Care sales, which includes heating products, was up 94% as customers found new ways to warm their homes.'
Bérangère Michel, Partner & Operations Director, John Lewis & Partners