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John Lewis Easter sales hit by fall of calender

John Lewis recorded a 0.6% uplift in sales over the week to April 10 as the fall of the calender and good weather impacted trade.

The department store retailer said on a week-on-week comparison John Lewis traded up 0.6% to £48.75m, as losing Sunday due to the fall of the calendar, coupled with good weather at the tail end of the week plus a number of key sporting events hit trade.

On an like-for-like Easter week basis John Lewis recorded a 10% sales increase and over the two-week Easter period saw an 18% uplift in sales.

Fashion performed well with sales up 4.2% while womenswear sales grew 12% with brands such as Phase 8, White Stuff, Hobbs and Ted Baker performing well.

Good weather inspired customers to purchase sunglasses, and on menswear and sports sales were up 6%.

John Lewis Bluewater recorded a 6.1% sales increase over the week, followed by Trafford up 5.7% then Cambridge up 3.8%. delivered sales growth of 41.3%.

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