John Lewis sales fall despite warmer bank holiday weather

John Lewis London

John Lewis Partnership’s weekly sales figures were down year on year, despite record-breaking temperatures over the recent bank holiday weekend.

Total sales at John Lewis were down 5.5% for the week year on year and were down across most of the major categories. Fashion sales were down 4.4%, electricals and technology sales were down 5.3% and homewares were down 7%.

Despite the downturn in sales, there were some bright spots for the retailer – ‘hydration’ sales were up 20%, which it said was “driven by sales of reusable water bottles”.

Sales of fans and air conditioning units increased 132% due to the hot weather.

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