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John Lewis sales fall against tough year comparisons

All divisions were down at John Lewis last week, with fashion providing the strongest performance of the three arms, down 0.9%.

Overall sales fell 5.2% for the week ending June 8, with home driving much of the decline with an 8.9% drop year-on-year.

But buying and brand director Peter Ruis highlighted total two year figures, which show a 12% increase “when the fall of the calendar was more similar” – noting the department store was up against “last year’s very wet and cold extended Jubilee bank holiday and half term”.

Within fashion, accessories and beauty showed the greatest growth as sales of sunglasses rose 160%, while shoes rose 14%.

Own-brand womenswear also performed well, Ruis said.  

Online trade was driven by good increases in both fashion and electricals, with John Lewis’ Click & Collect channel seeing orders up 45% on last year.

Ruis added: “With Clearance just a week away, our attention now moves to making the most of this trading opportunity.”

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