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Record fashion sales at John Lewis

Record fashion sales delivered a strong start to the post-Christmas period at John Lewis, with overall sales up 23% beating the £150m mark.

John Lewis Birmingham

Fashion was up 29% year-on-year in the week to January 2, which includes the first day of the department store group’s clearance period.

Womenswear experienced a record week of sales, up 27% on last year, with strong performance from both cold-weather and new-season products, the company said today in its weekly tracker.

Menswear was also a standout success, up 44% on the same period in 2015, driven by sales of formalwear.

Both in-store and online spending increased during the period. All but one store reported an increase in overall sales when compared against last year, while sales on JohnLewis.com were up 35%.

Commenting on the results, John Lewis Home buying director Christine Kasoulis said:After a strong start, with further markdowns live this week, we’re hopeful for a successful clearance.”

Earlier this week John Lewis revealed sales were up 6.9% to £951.3m for the six weeks to January 2, compared to the same period the year before, outperforming rivals over the Christmas period such as Next.

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