In its latest weekly sales report - more reliable these days than the official ONS numbers - the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) once again does not disappoint with the narrative.

The title from this post comes direct from the Waitrose supermarket report - a division which will have to shift plenty more poinsettias to avoid a year over year decline in revenue for the Partnership: total JLP sales in week 16 were down 9.1%.

But, barring an unexpectedly radical upward shift in seasonal flower demand or like miracle, a deep JLP revenue decline is a foregone conclusion due to the performance in the department stores:


And which is the category that, despite never knowingly being undersold, is not moving? Unsurprisingly, in an atmosphere where redundancy stalks and property is plunging, it is their rather nice home & garden products - off 18.7%.

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