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Fashion delivers strong week for John Lewis

John Lewis reported that sales rose 15.9% year-on-year to £53.2m in its eponymous department stores last week.

Fashion delivered a “superb” performance in the period to March 6, said merchandise director Jill Little.

Almost all of the 29 department stores outperformed the previous year and 10 achieved double-digit uplifts. The Bluewater, Leicester and Oxford Street branches were all up more than 17%.

Menswear sales were ahead by 24% and helped fashion to record an overall 21% advance.

Little said: “The positive impact of Mothers’ Day and Easter was apparent in gifts and gift food where, despite the events being slightly earlier this year than last, comparative sales were still very strong.”

Yesterday the John Lewis Partnership, which also comprises the Waitrose supermarket, posted full-year profits of £307m and staff shared a bonus pot of £151m equivalent to 15% of their annual pay.

Little said: “While the weeks ahead look unpredictable and potentially challenging, the announcement of the Partnership bonus allows us to reflect on the year just gone with satisfaction and pride.”

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