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Cold weather drives sales at John Lewis

Sales at John Lewis were up 14.1% to £74.83m for the week to September 14 thanks to the cooler weather, making it the biggest week of the second half of the year so far.

Fashion sales jumped 11.9% with kidswear maintaining its bolstered back to school momentum, up 36% year-on-year. Boys and girls clothing were both up 47.1% on the same period in 2012.

The “excellent” performance applied to both “bricks and clicks” with online sales also up 28.3% year-on-year, driven by increased traffic and new products launching on the website.

All shops out performed sales last year with fourteen branches returning double-digit growth. Milton Keynes led the way up 25.9%, followed by Tunbridge Wells which increased by 24.5%.

Christine Kasoulis, buying director of homeware at John Lewis said: “The cooler weather and associated footfall drove sales across all three directorates with customers feeling the chill responding well to the autumn newness across our shops.”

She added: “With demand for newness and own brand higher than ever and a strong start in the key gifting areas we can feel confident about trade over the coming weeks and months.”

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