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John Lewis weekly fashion sales drop

Fashion sales at John Lewis marginally dipped last week as the warm temperatures impacted sales of cold-weather items.

The department store said clothing sales fell 0.8% while women’s accessories edged up by 1.4%.

Overall sales at John Lewis hit £207.2m for the week to 15 September, down from £211.9m the year before.

The poor performance comes after John Lewis Partnership reported last week that profits before tax and exceptional items fell 98.8% to £1.2m in “the most promotional market we’ve seen in almost a decade”, according to chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield.

He admitted the commitment to John Lewis & Partners’ “Never Knowingly Unsold” promise as one of the reasons for the slump.

Gross sales across the business, which includes John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners, edged up 1.6% to £5.5bn for the six months to 28 July compared with the same period last year.

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