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John Lewis records solid growth

John Lewis recorded “solid growth” last week, with Father’s Day acting as a “great footfall driver” for the department store.

In the week to June 15, sales rose 7.5% compared with the same week last year, taking £68.35m compared with £63.58m and £57m.

Growth came from all three departments including fashion, which outperformed with an 8.5% increase, boosted by price-matching.

Handbags, men’s own brand and girlswear all performed particularly well, while the business said it had received “a fantastic reception” at its debut catwalk show at London Collections: Men at the weekend.

Nottingham was the strongest performing branch, up 14.6%, with Tamworth up 14.4%. Cardiff rose 11.2%.

However sales at Bluewater fell 9.3%, while Watford dropped 9.2%.

Fashion sales for the year so far have risen 5%, but total sales are up 7.9%.

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