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John Lewis fashion sales dip 6.9%

Fashion sales at John Lewis fell by 6.9% in the week ending September 20 compared to the same period last year, with the department store retailer again blaming the warm weather.

Overall sales for John Lewis were up 2% for the week on last year’s numbers at £74.23m. In the eight weeks to September 20 sales were up 8.1%.

Across the wider John Lewis Partnership sales were up 5.4% to £195.06m.

Barry Matheson, director of retail services at John Lewis, said: “Warm weather across the country dominated the pattern of trade last week resulting in us finishing 2% ahead of last year. With the recent warm weather and temperatures up to 25C customers were not in the mood just yet for buying cold weather products and this was reflected across all assortments.”

He added: “In online the level of trade was softer than of late. However, sales still grew 13% ahead of last year.”

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