'Total sales were down 2.5% as Clearance came to an end and competitor promotions impacted Home sales.
Fashion sales were up 0.4%. Market changes drove strong sales of nursery products sending Childrenswear, Nursery and Haberdashery sales up 4.8%. Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales were up 1.4% due to us price matching a competitor promotion on beauty products.
Home sales were down 9.3% as the end of our Clearance sale coincided with a number of competitors running promotions. However, we saw strong sales of new Spring Summer ranges which we began to introduce in shops and online at the end of last week.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 1.1% due to customers continuing to buy new computers and tablets as a result of Windows 7 reaching its End of Life.'
Bérangère Michel, Partner and Operations Director John Lewis & Partners