John Lewis reported Home sales up 2.2% against last year for the week ending 23rd November, as customers prepare their homes for guests this Christmas. There were strong results from Textiles and Carpets (up 5.8%) and Bedroom Furniture and Living and Dining (up 5.2 and 11% respectively).

In Home Accessories the 'making your home shine' theme continued, with Lighting up 8.2%.

Overall, the colder weather heralded the start of Christmas shopping in earnest – the week finished with sales 2.1% better than last year.