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Fashion challenging in a positive week for John Lewis

Fashion had a “challenging” week at John Lewis up just 0.9% because of the cooler weather but overall sales at the retailer were favourable.

The high street bellwether reported that it had a good week to April 14 with overall sales up 13.9% to £61.1m compared to the same week last year as wet weather over the bank holiday weekend drove footfall to stores.

However, in fashion, the retailer described sales as “more challenging” owing to the drop in temperature.  

John Lewis managing director Andy Street said: “The post-Easter week proved to be almost as good as the pre-Easter week to give us a cracking fortnight’s trade.”

Street said that taking into account the timing of Easter against last year, “a truer comparison with the six days following Easter 2011 reveals a 25% advance”.

Street added John Lewis benefited from the “miserable bank holiday weather on Easter Monday which got the week off to a flying start”.

19 of John Lewis’ department stores outperformed against last year.

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