'Total sales were down 10.4% on the same week last year as we annualised against competitor promotions.
Fashion sales were down 16.6%, however sales of beauty and premium accessories were up as customers shopped promotions across these categories.
Home sales were down 14.1%. However, customers are decorating their homes and preparing for Christmas earlier than ever with Christmas Shop sales up 22.1%. We have also seen an increase in sales of “experience” gifts, which are up 92.0% compared to last year.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 2.5%. We did however see the wet weather drive laundry sales, up 5.0%, and the upcoming festive period has boosted sales of cooking appliances, which were up 6.0%.'
Craig Inglis, Partner & Customer Director, John Lewis & Partners