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Sales edge up at John Lewis despite bad weather

John Lewis has reported a 1.1% increase in sales to £74.25m for the week to January 17, despite blizzards and gales in some areas of Scotland and the north of England at the beginning of the week.

Fashion sales were up 4.9% driven by outerwear, knitwear and new lines added by brands. Babywear sales were up 38% and menswear was up 5.5%. Online sales were up 10.5% for the week.

Maggie Porteous, director of selling north and new formats at John Lewis, said: “The final week of our clearance coincided with some disruptive weather across the UK, with high winds across the country at the beginning of the week and blizzard conditions in some areas of Scotland and the North at the end.

“In these circumstances, sales up 1.1% on last year were respectable, and our indomitable drivers are to be congratulated on reaching shops and customers’ homes to make this possible.”

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