'Total sales for the week were down 8.8% on the same week last year, impacted by the later fall of Mother’s Day and Easter this year.
Fashion sales were down 10.1%. However, warm weather clothing was up 9% and Menswear sales grew 3.3% due to new brand launches in this category.Home sales were down 10.7%. Outdoor Living sales up 8% due to the warmer weather.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 6.3%. On Friday we launched our own brand Personal Care range which includes hair dryers, hair straighteners and men’s grooming products such as clippers.'
Maggie Porteous, Partner & Director, Shop Trade, John Lewis & Partners