Nordstrom announced this week it had decided to stop carrying Ivanka Trump line of clothing and shoes, prompting President Trump to take to Twitter to defend her. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” he said last Wednesday.
Nordstrom’s sales of Trump’s clothing and shoes fell by nearly one-third in the past fiscal year, with sharp drops in sales in the weeks before her father Donald was elected president, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
Major U.S. retailers such as Sears and Kmart have removed over 30 Trump home items from their online offerings to focus on more profitable items, a spokesman said on Saturday. The removed collection includes Trump furniture, lighting, bedding, mirrors and chandeliers.
The US presidential election was held on November 8th. The Journal cited Nordstrom internal data as showing sales of Trump’s products were more than 70 percent lower in the second, third and fourth week of October compared to the same weeks in the previous year.
Nordstrom had $14.3 million in sales in the fiscal year that ended in January, down from $20.9 million in the previous year, the Journal reported.
A spokeswoman for Nordstrom, Tara Darrow, said that the retailer did not provide the Wall Street Journal with data on Ivanka Trump product sales. “We have not and will not share specific sales results numbers related to this brand or any other brand,” Darrow said in an email.
In addition to the president, some others in the Trump administration expressed support for Ivanka Trump. Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway was accused of violating ethics rules after she went on television to urge people to buy Ivanka Trump’s products in what she called a “free commercial.”
Republican Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight committee, said on Thursday that he had asked the Office of Government Ethics to review Conway’s comments and recommend disciplinary action against her if warranted.