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John Lewis backing bank holiday sales surge

John Lewis is hoping to bolster trade over the bank holiday weekend to continue August’s “solid” trading.

Sales at the department store were up 7.6% to £65.75m for the week to August 17, despite strong comparisons from Jubilee and Olympics merchandise sales last summer.

Barry Matheson, director of retail services at John Lewis, said: “We enter the final week of August in good form and the bank holiday weekend gives us numerous opportunities to capture trade from the additional footfall that will be in our shops and extend our recent fine form.”

Fashion sales were up 3% for the week showing “promising early results” ahead of the back to school “peak” expected in the next fortnight.

Online sales were up 19.5% and there was also a 35% uplift in online sales coming from the retailers customer contact centres.

Tamworth was the best performing store of the week up 22.8%, followed closely by Milton Keyes which was up 22.4%, profiting from a “softer target” from last year.

Meanwhile Stratford City was still feeling the impact of Jubilee and Olympic sales last year and was down 16.5%.

Edinburgh was up 8.6% with the rise attributed to extended trading hours through the festival period.

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