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Fashion sales up 23.6% at John Lewis

Fashion sales soared 23.6% at John Lewis for the week to January 18 thanks to weak comparisons caused by heavy snow last year.

Total sales at the department store were up 23.4% to £73.44m for the week, while online sales were also up 16.6% on last year.

All divisions of fashion were up although women’s accessories and beauty showed the biggest increase, helped by a “fantastic” handbags result.

Every John Lewis branch posted an increase on a year ago, with the impact of bad weather last year boosting like-for-like comparisons. The best performing store of the week was High Wycombe up 62.6%, followed by Norwich which was up 60.7%.

Tim Harrison, head of retail implementation and format development at John Lewis said: “As we look ahead to the new trading year we can be confident that customers appreciate everything we do – we just need to keep doing it.”

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