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Cold weather boosts John Lewis sales

Fashion sales at John Lewis were up 7.8% in the week to December 6, driven by winter clothing and accessories.

Handbags and accessories performed particularly well online on Sunday, up 27% year-on-year. Sales of own brand women’s cashmere accessories rose 51% and own brand men’s knitwear 38% week-on-week.

Overall, the retailer said it was in “good shape” in the run up to Christmas, with total sales up 10.8% on last year (to £160m). However, sales were down 10.6% on the previous week, following the spike caused by Black Friday (November 28).

Online sales were up 32.2% year-on-year.

Buying and brand director Paula Nickolds said: “Another strong week of sales sees the business in good shape, with momentum building in the final weeks before Christmas.

“The cooler weather had a positive impact on sales of cashmere accessories up 51% and Christmas dinner preparations were also evident, with customers investing in cookware and kitchen gadgets ahead of their festive feast. Looking ahead, our teams in our shops and online operations are ready for another busy week as we hit the first full week in December.”

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