Total sales at John Lewis for last week (to Saturday April 29) were £83.1 million: down 1.8% year on year, due to ‘annualising of strong price match promotions’ in the same week last year.
The department store group’s fashion director Christine Kasoulis said Home sales were down 7.2% on last year. Outdoor living performed the best with sales up 10.9% on last year.
This week, a new sculptural furniture collection called ‘Open Home’ developed by London-based design studio Doshi Levien for John Lewis, goes on sales in selected shops and online.
The 13-piece collection is inspired by Scandinavian modernism and mid-century Italian design.
Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 1.1%. Sales of mobile phones and photography continued to grow with sales up 32.1% on last year, partly due to the launch last week of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone. Vision also had a strong week with sales up 9.7%.
Fashion sales were up 0.5%. Sales of beauty, wellbeing and leisure products were up 4.1%. Sales of clothing were impacted by the colder weather but womenswear still grew by 2.6% year on year, with casualwear performing the strongest.
Doshi Levien for John Lewis Nami chair, £1,119