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Cold weather drives bumper sales at John Lewis

Cold weather boosted sales at John Lewis last week, helping the retailer to its third most successful week ever.

The department store took £124.2m in sales over the week to December 1, up 9.3% on the same week last year and 13.3% more than the previous full week.

John Lewis put this boost to sales down to the cold spell, noting that knitwear, outerwear and sheepskin boot brand Ugg sold particularly well.

Sales of high heels and jewellery were also strong, as people shopped for the Christmas part season, helping sales of women’s accessories climb 8.2%.

Online sales totaled £37.9m.

“This week has seen another strong performance and momentum is building as we enter December,” said Maggie Porteous, head of selling operations.

“All areas from toys, to bedding and ready-made curtains, to tablets are performing very well. As well as buying gifts and getting their homes ready for the festive period, customers are also ensuring they keep warm with cold-weather clothing and heaters selling fast.”

John Lewis is one of manty on the high street to expect today will be its busiest day of the year online, in what has been dubbed Cyber Monday or Mega Monday.

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