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Changeable weather hits John Lewis sales

Sales at John Lewis fell 1.9% to £73.1m in the week to August against strong comparatives from last year and in a week of changeable weather.

Fashion sales at John Lewis rose 0.2% during the week, with menswear sales up 5.5%.

Poole was the best performing store, with an increase of 5.3%, and Southampton was the best full-line store, up by 1%. Online sales were up by 9.4%.

“Looking ahead at future opportunities, we are fast approaching the start of the Rugby World Cup, we have just launched the new Home catalogue, refreshed the Interior Design Hub and in fashion we are seeing lots of newness coming through across both shops and online,” said Andrew Murphy, retail director of  John Lewis.

“We also have building excitement in Birmingham with occupation of our new shop beginning next week.”

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