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Fashion sales rise just 2% at John Lewis

Fashion sales grew by just 2% at department store John Lewis in the week to May 19 as the wet weather continued to affect sales of new summer ranges.

The retailer said that fashion sales increased despite stiff price matching the previous year and that outerwear continued to sell well because of the wet weather.

The overall performance for the week was described as “solid” with sales up 11.6%.

Online was the best performing category, recording a “cracking” 37.5% uplift. The retailer has doubled its sales through click-and-collect, helped by a further 100 Waitrose stores offering the service.

John Lewis retail operations development director Simon Russell said that the onset of summer, the run-up to half term and the extended bank holiday weekend is likely to create a spike in demand for summer fashion and outdoor lines.

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