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John Lewis sales hit by warm weather

Sales at John Lewis department stores slowed last week, up just 1.1% to £46.71 million in the week to April 26, as hot weather diverted shoppers away from the high street.

Within Fashion, accessories and swimwear posted strong sales, particularly in its high end ranges. And in menswear, branded casualwear sold very well, particularly newer ranges.

Director of retail operations Patrick Lewis said: "We started last week by securing a double-figure increase after two days, but then dipped below the line over the following two days. The mid-season sales of a couple of competitors increased our own footfall over Thursday and Friday and then we fell back again on Saturday as beautiful weather and sporting diversions took precedence over shopping. Our final tally left us confidently above the line for the week, but with a lower level of increase than of late."

Separately, John Lewis unveiled a new look store at Highcross Leicester this week. The store is part of the new £350 million Hammerson and Hermes Highcross scheme, which is due to open on the September 4th 2008.

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