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Post-Black Friday lull hits weekly sales at John Lewis

Sales at John Lewis were down 2.1% year on year in the week to 10 December, as it entered the trough between Black Friday and Christmas.

Fashion sales edged up 1.2%, however, driven by a strong performance in womenswear (up 7.2%). 

John Lewis said the overall decline in sales emphasised the “different shape of trade” for the Christmas period.

Fashion buying director Ed Connolly added: “Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year means that customers have a full extra day shopping and are likely to leave their purchases until the last minute, as we’ve seen in previous years.”

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  • It really is quite remarkable how our retail trade has succeeded in killing off the best trading month of the year!
    Who is strong enough (apart from the Indies ) to bring it back?

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