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John Lewis sales hit by warm weather

John Lewis’ sales dropped 8.2% to £44.48 million for the week to May 30 as warm weather hit footfall.

However, fashion was the best performing division for John Lewis, showing a drop of only 1.9% over the week. Sunglasses were among last week’s winning product categories, with sales up 74% on last year.

John Lewis commercial director Andrea O’Donnel said: “Following on from such a strong run of sales during the first three weeks of May, it was frustrating but inevitable that the very warm weather would impact our performance last week. Despite good midweek sales, all branches reported the effect of the sunshine on Friday and Saturday, with reduced footfall making sales harder to come by.”

John Lewis Direct, the retailer’s home shopping business, also saw a drop in traffic.

The department store group also opened its new 730,000 sq ft Magna Park distribution centre in Milton Keynes this week.

O’Donnell said: “Our semi automated national distribution centre will revolutionise the division’s supply chain and is central to delivering our future ambitions.”

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