John Lewis maintains momentum on homeware sales

 
Helen Cahill
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Inflation has not put people off John Lewis' mid-century homeware (Source: John Lewis)

John Lewis maintained its homeware sales last week as customers continued to shell out for big-ticket items.

Total sales for the week ending 29 July totalled £78.6m, up 2.5 per cent on the same week last year.

Home sales grew 7.7 per cent, building on a strong performance the week before, when sales in the department were up 11 per cent.

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Analysts have been forecasting home and furniture sales to fall across the retail industry as inflation forces consumers to put off big-ticket purchases.

And, although John Lewis has differentiated itself in the past few weeks, other firms have suffered; in June, DFS was hit by a profit warning due to "softer" trading.

Fashion sales have also been holding up well at John Lewis, rising by 1.5 per cent last week. This came after women's clothing sales soared by more than 30 per cent the week before, when the department store ended its clearance sale and brought in new fashion ranges.

Waitrose edged up its sales by 0.6 per cent to £126.1m last week. Rupert Thomas, Waitrose's commercial director, said "changeable weather" had boosted sales of hot pies and roast poultry by 24 per cent and seven per cent respectively.

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