Sales of home goods haven't risen since May
Year-on-year home sales fell for the tenth straight week for John Lewis as the chain continued its long-running struggle to match last year's sales efforts.

Sales declined 7.3 percent across its home directorate in the week to August 4, though the continued good weather meant there were some, predictable, weekly winners.

Outdoor furniture went well — up 32 percent — as did sales of low tog duvets, also up by a third. However, higher summer duvet demand failed to cover up the absence of big-ticket indoor lines from its weekly commentary.

Total sales across the department store business were down 2.1 percent to £76.1 million. Fashion missed last year's total by 2.9 percent, but electricals were up 4.3 percent as the retailer sold more fans.