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Bank holiday boosts John Lewis sales

The warm bank holiday weekend helped boost fashion sales at John Lewis as revenues rose 6.3% last week.

In the week to May 4 total sales across the department store chain rose 1.8% as fashion was the leader of the pack posting a 6.3% increase.

Chris Hooper, head of retail change at John Lewis, said sales were “significantly influenced by an uncharacteristically warm bank holiday weekend”.

Hooper added: “Fashion is of course very much a summer story at the moment, and women’s accessories were much in demand. Sandals and canvas shoes were popular purchases, as were sunglasses, an area where we are looking for significant growth and supporting that with new-look fixturing in a number of shops. In menswear it was great to see Kin having its best week to date.”

Online sales rose 10% with click and collect up 44% and now representing a “significant proportion” of sales.

On the high street John Lewis’ Knight & Lee and Milton Keynes branches had the most improved weeks with sales up 17.4% and 14.6% respectively.

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