'Total sales were down 2.3% on the same week last year but customers enjoyed shopping promotions across lighting, fashion and beauty.
Fashion sales were up 2.4%. Beauty, Wellbeing & Leisure sales were up 11.6% as we price matched competitor promotions across these categories. Last week saw the launch of our 12 days of Christmas Dresses which was our best performing category in Womenswear, with the Hush dress proving particularly popular with customers.
Home sales were down 3.1%. However, lighting sales were up 21% as customers prepared their homes for winter evenings and shopped promotions in this area.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 7.0% as we annualised new product launches. Small electrical sales were driven by a rise in demand for floorcare products, with sales up 30% on the same week last year.'
Maggie Porteous, Partner & Shop Trade Director at John Lewis & Partners