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Fashion outperforms at John Lewis

John Lewis kicked off the second half of its financial year with an 11.9% growth in its fashion sales, beating the department store’s overall growth of 7.5% year-on-year.

In the week ending August 2 shoppers splashed out on new season stock, the department store said, with womenswear selling particularly well.  

Sales of occasionwear also performed well, with men’s formalwear as well as jewellery and fashion accessories all posting good year-on-year growth. John Lewis did not provide specific figures for these categories.

Online sales jumped 18.3% on the same period last year, but data was not provided for in-store growth.

Total John Lewis sales for the week were £71.2m, up from £66.1m for the same week in 2013.

Homewares buying director Christine Kasoulis said: “Overall it was a positive story for the first week of the half.” She said incoming new season products had given the department store “great confidence for trading” in the coming weeks.

Last week John Lewis revealed a healthy 9.1% boost in its fashion sales for the first half of 2014, ahead of the release of its full sales figures in early September.

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