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John Lewis fashion sales rise 6.1% in "most challenging week"

Fashion sales rose by 6.1% at John Lewis last week, in what the department store chain described as “probably the most challenging” week of the half-year so far.

Sales were up against strong figures from the relaunch of its online fashion offer last year and the successful first week of opening for Cardiff.

John Lewis generated a sales rise of 7.5% to £59.5m last week, but its performance was hampered by the tube strike and warm weather which both hit footfall. Turnover increased by 22.5% on a two-year basis.

Peter Ruis, John Lewis buying and brand director, said: “The fantastically strong direct sales must give us confidence that consumer spending is still strong despite the potential impact of the upcoming public sector cuts.”

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