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John Lewis fashion sales fall

John Lewis is hoping for colder weather to bolster sales as fashion sales fall by 1% for the week to August 31.

Total sales for the week rose by 3.3% to £72.81m, making it the biggest sterling week of the half so far.

However footfall suffered from the hot bank holiday weekend with customers making the most of their “last opportunity of the summer outside.”

Tim Harrison, head of retail implementation and format development at John Lewis said the department store was looking forward to a “change in the seasons”.

He said: “The holidays are over, the schools are all back and we could now do with the next turn of the changing seasons. The new products in our shops are getting a great reception from customers and we have it superbly presented in both shops and online, allowing us to make the most of the new season.”

Online sales rose 20% with click and collect services giving an “especially good performance”.

The strongest performing branch of the week was Swindon, which was up 12.6%, followed by Milton Keynes, which rose by 7.9%.

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