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Fashion sales up 1% at John Lewis

Fashion sales rose 1.3% at John Lewis for the week to October 12 as colder weather in the latter part of the week “injected real pace” into sales.

Nursery and babywear were highlighted as strong areas, as was the retailers own brand menswear offering.

Total sales rose 5% year-on-year to £71.39m while online sales for the period were up 16.3%.

The strongest performing stores for the week were Swindon, up 17.6% and Newbury, which was up 15.3% on 2012.

Andy Street, managing director at John Lewis, said: “Last week was one of two halves. From Sunday to Thursday the country enjoyed the last flushes of our Indian summer, which saw our sales continue to flag. However, the change of weather on Friday to the start of autumn injected real pace into the business.”

He added: “There are now just 10 weeks to Christmas. Distribution Centres are busy receiving the stocks, shops are being decked, our marketing and PR is all but ready, and Partners across the division are making final plans. My sense is that we are well set, and the coming half term will fire the starting gun. Enjoy the race.”

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