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Cold weather boosts sales at John Lewis

Fashion sales at department store chain John Lewis rose 14% in the week to October 23, as the cold weather drove a strong seasonal uplift and sales of Barbour jackets doubled.

John Lewis said its fashion arm reacted the most to the cooler weather, with sales of outerwear, hats, scarves and gloves all strong. A return to tradition saw sales of Barbour jackets more than double on last year.

Total sales at John Lewis rose 9.7% during the week and online sales jumped 45%. The store now has 150,000 SKUs online.

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