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Fashion sales soar at John Lewis

Pent up demand following snowy weather helped lift sales at department store chain John Lewis by 15.7% to £51.2m in the week to January 23.

John Lewis Region B selling operations director David Barford said: “Trade was helped by the snow finally melting away. This gave us a buoyant start to the week which carried on through the week as milder conditions stayed with us.”

He said there had been a continued “healthy sell-through rate” of clearance stock and shoppers were also keen to buy new season’s lines.

Fashion sales were up 21.3% year-on-year. Children’s and womenswear were the best performing categories, up 24.5% and 24.3% respectively.

The retailer’s online sales rose 39.9% versus last year.

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