The department store business posted a 7.1% fall in sales of home products last week but believes consumers are still refreshing their homes with decorative touches, as sales of rugs jumped 17%, whilst mirrors and art were up 4% and 6% respectively.
Electrical and home technology also took a hit this week, with sales down 6.6%, as the retailer competed with the previous seven days, when sales of environmental care products, such as fans and air purifiers, soared. John Lewis recorded a 120% uplift in sales of fans during that week, with handheld models the most popular line. The cooler weather this past week has seen demand for these lines drop off.
Overall, total sales for John Lewis for the week ended August 6 were down 2.7 % on the same period last year.