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John Lewis fashion sales rise 9.4%

Fashion sales at John Lewis increased 9.4% last week, with customers seeking “retail therapy” following the continuous bad weather.

The retailer said the performance was mixed across categories. Nursery and babywear and women’s accessories were among the products most in demand.

Overall sales climbed 15.3% to £71.6m last week.

John Lewis buying director, home, Paula Nickolds said: “The continued miserable weather, coupled with the third week of a successful Clearance, saw customers heading to our shops for some retail therapy.”

The retailer said that the vision category “continued its strong run as the Euro 2012 trade seemed to be replaced by a building anticipation of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games”.

Online sales rose 45%.

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