Fashion sales at John Lewis dipped last week owing to the “extended winter weather”.
The department store chain said that fashion sales fell back 6% in the week to March 16, compared to the same week the previous year.
Womenswear and accessories were particularly badly affected, down 10% and 14% respectively. However, menswear had a stronger week, up by 8%.
The one area of womenswear which did perform well was the more winter focused product, as a result of the colder weather, with knee-length coats sales up by a massive 140% and gloves up by 40%.
In menswear too, it was the warmer product that enjoyed the best sales.
Overall the department store saw total sales fall by 0.3% while online sales increased by 6.5% compared to last year.
Peter Ruis, brand and buying director at John Lewis, said: “With Easter on the horizon, our marketing campaign launching this week and availability in a really strong position, we’re well set for a good result over this important trading period.”