Sales decline sees John Lewis ground its drone offering

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John Lewis has stopped selling drones after a sales decline, in part caused by what John Lewis described as an increase in flying restrictions which drove down sales.

The department store took drones off its shelves in May and detailed how the Gatwick incident was the reason behind this.

John Lewis buying director of electricals and home technology Laurence Mitchell told ITV News: “Following the Gatwick drone security breach in December 2018, we made the decision to stop selling drones at John Lewis & Partners this year.”

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Adding: “Sales were also in decline due to the growing number of restrictions around flying these devices in built-up areas across the country.”

Despite the retailer’s concerns, no drone sighting was ever confirmed at Gatwick, bringing the viability of the whole incident into disrepute.

Reported drone sightings have become a hot topic in the drone industry since, with one report describing how the drone was a flying pig.

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