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Demand for warm weather product lifts John Lewis sales

Warm weather helped increase sales at department store chain John Lewis last week, with fashion once again outperforming many other categories.

Turnover at John Lewis rose 12% year on year to £50.8m in the week to May 22. On a two-year basis the increase was 14%.

Demand for product such as sandals, dyed linen and sunglasses contributed to a 15% year-on-year increase in fashion sales.

John Lewis said fashion sales for the year to date were up 21% on 2009.

Online sales rose 35.6%. Among the stores, Bluewater and Oxford Street were the leaders, reporting sales rises of 20% and 17% respectively.

The group’s Kingston, Cambridge and Leicester stores also performed strongly.

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