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John Lewis scores best month of the year so far

Sales at department store retailer John Lewis grew 7.8% to £61.8m in the week to October 31, against stern second-half comparisons and despite the mild start to autumn.

The retailer said fashion sales were strong but were a “mixed bag” over the week as a result of the cold, and in some parts of the country snow, experienced this time last year. Sales of fashion rose 6.3% over the week.

New Christmas ranges are being ” particularly well received” while the most notable sales increase came from womenswear online, where sales have increased threefold against last year since the retailer unveiled its revamped fashion website.

The out of town stores at Bluewater and Trafford led the way again in the week to 31 October, with double digit increases, while online sales grew by a third.

Andrew Murphy John Lewis director of operational development said: “Before we let the Christmas spirit run away with us, its worth noting that only four of our branches grew their trade when compared to 2007. Bluewater and Trafford deserve special recognition for their double-digit increases on last year’s trade.

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