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Fashion outperforms at John Lewis as clearance continues

John Lewis has reported a 6.2% increase in fashion sales for the week to July 11, despite the rail and tube strike in London.

Overall sales during the penultimate week of clearance at the department store were up 5.3% to £81.91m.

Menswear led the way up 12.1% for the week, with “strong performances” from warm weather products.

Online sales were up 21.4% while 17 John Lewis branches were up on last year. However the Oxford Street and Peter Jones stores were impacted by the tube strike and footfall dropped 9.9% and 4.4% respectively.

Johnathan Marsh, buying director for electricals and home technology at John Lewis, said: “A pleasing week for the division in the context of the tube and rail strike disruption on Thursday and the hot weather going into the weekend. The penultimate clearance week did not disappoint as we finished up 5.3% on last year with some decent scores across the board. We remain optimistic for the week ahead given that newness has started well and we go into the final week of clearance.”

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