Thousands of spectators gathered to watch pop star and The X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini turn on the Oxford Street Christmas lights on a stage outside John Lewis last night.
It came as John Lewis revealed fashion sales were up 0.4% last week compared to the year before, giving the department store chain another reason to celebrate. The growth in sales was despite the unseasonably warm weather, with lightweight pieces such as blazers proving popular.
“With Britain experiencing its warmest Halloween on record, it is no surprise that this impacted sales of winter products. In this context, this week’s headline 0.4% growth year on year was a solid performance,” said Christine Kasoulis, buying director (home) at John Lewis.
She continued: “As we move further into November and the weather inevitably turns colder, the demand for winter products will increase.”