'Total sales were down 5.8% as customer shopping for bargains slowed, in what was the second week of Clearance, and the mild weather impacted Fashion sales. Yet, we saw strong demand for new Spring products which began to go on sale in shops and online last week.
Fashion sales were down 1.5%. However, sales of Womenswear were up 8.7% driven by Clearance and demand for new season own brand collections. Women’s Accessories sales were up 0.6%
Home sales were down 13.6% impacted by annualising a strong competitor promotion which we price matched. Sales of our Special Buy products, which we offer during Clearance, are up 2% on last year and we saw strong demand for new season Gifts, Cook and Dine products launched last week.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 2.8%. We saw good demand for hair products and our new own brand cordless vacuum cleaners. '
Maggie Porteous, Partner & Director, Shop Trade, John Lewis & Partners