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Home sales fell despite demand for big-ticket lines rising
Big-ticket lines gained on last year for John Lewis despite more peripheral sub-categories dragging down its overall home directorate.


The department store chain said total sales for furniture and flooring products were up 2.6 percent as home goods in their entirety slipped 1.1 percent against the equivalent period 12 months ago.

Home is a broad church for the retailer, covering lines such as gift food as well as more conventional items such as sofas and beds.

In the seven days to June 9, home was the retailer's weakest category, as fashion sales rose 2.8 percent and electricals and home technology by 12.1 percent. Total sales for the week advanced 4.2 percent to £76.9 million.

John Lewis also announced it had begun a recruitment drive for 300 roles ahead of the opening of its Cheltenham store this autumn.

The 115,000sqft. store is slated to open October 18 on the high street in the old Beechwood Shopping Centre.