'Total sales for the week were down 7.7% on the same week last year, as we were annualising against promotional activity and a Partnership card spend incentive.
Fashion sales were up 0.3%. Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales were also up 28.4% as we price matched a competitor’s promotion and sales of Premium Beauty products were up 37.8%.
Home sales were down 19.3%. However, Christmas sales were up 7% as customers enjoyed shopping for Quality Street with sales up 388%. As winter is creeping in customers are shopping for cold weather products with sales of new season rugs and weighted blankets up.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 7.1%. Small Electrical sales were up 5.6% as customers enjoyed shopping for personal care with sales up 45%. Own Brand Large Electrical product sales were up 42%, with sales of Laundry products up 110% due to promotions.
Sienne Veit, Partner & Director Digital, John Lewis & Partners