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Fashion sales have "tough" week at John Lewis

Fashion sales had a “tough” week at John Lewis, despite the Jubilee celebrations, two bank holidays and half term driving overall sales at the department store group.

Kidswear performed strongly up 23.3% in the week to June 9 compared to the same week last year but overall fashion sales were only up 3.9% compared to last year.

Fashion sales the previous week were up a massive 20.1% compared to the previous year as the brief spell of warm weather boosted sales of summer product.

Overall sales at the department store were up by 18.1% to £63.1m with John Lewis’s Swindon, Poole and Croydon all seeing significant uplifts in sales.

John Lewis said it was “tough going” at its central London stores due to the Jubilee celebrations taking place.

Online sales grew 47.2% in the week.

John Lewis new format head of selling operations Maggie Porteous said: “The Jubilee effect was not so strong for our central London branches. Indeed, it was tough going for Oxford Street and Peter Jones – their customers were no doubt lining the banks of the Thames watching the River Pageant or the streets of London as the Queen passed by in the carriage procession.

“With the Jubilee now behind us, our thoughts are turning to the Summer of Sport and in particular Euro 2012 and London 2012. These events, coupled with our own clearance, which starts next week, mean that we should be able to keep up great momentum on the sales front.”

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