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November 21 2012, 10:00AM

Home and electrical product sales continued to struggle, but there was improvement in sales of womenswear, menswear, beauty, accessories and shoes during the first quarter, Mr Zahra said.

Sales grew in Western Australia, NSW and Victoria, but refurbishments at David Jones' Toowong store in Brisbane impacted Queensland sales, the company said.

Customers had embraced David Jones' new online store, which was "well-positioned to capitalise on Christmas and the Boxing Day clearance periods", it said.

David Jones' first quarter sales growth was smaller than Myer's in the same period.

Myer's total sales in the 13 weeks to October 27 were $688 million, up one per cent on the same period last year.