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John Lewis boosted by cold snap

John Lewis recorded a 7% sales rise for the week to September 29 thanks to the autumnal weather.

The department store said that colder weather helped to lift sales of clothing ranges and propelled the division to a 6% sales rise against the previous week, and up 7% against the same week last year.

Womenswear posted an increase of 13.5% for the week, while menswear including leisure and beauty recorded a 10.7% gain against the same week last year. Kidswear with toys and craft saw sales growth of 10% for the week.

John Lewis commercial director, Phil Hullah said: "Fashions led the way with own-brand and branded assortments showing excellent growth in men's and womenswear and seeing particularly strong demand for outerwear and other cooler weather items such as cashmere, gloves, scarves and nightclothes.

"Branches also reported an excellent week for childrenswear driven by girls' and boys' core clothing but also strongly supported by ongoing trade in schoolwear and children's shoes."

In total 22 branches grew sales against last year with five achieving growth of more than 10%. Knight & Lee in Southsea saw the biggest growth of women's accessories while core stores such as London Oxford Street, Cribbs Causeway, Nottingham and Newcastle all recorded strong uplifts.

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