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John Lewis fashion sales hit by warm weather

Unseasonably warm weather affected sales at John Lewis last week as fashion revenues dipped 4.9%.

Despite the mild weather total sales at the department store chain increased to 2.2% to £71.90m in the week to October 5.

Buying director for electricals, home and technology Ed Connolly said: “A second week of unseasonably warm weather affected our level of sales last week, keeping people in their gardens a little longer than we might have liked. Despite this we were able to show a modest increase versus the prior year.”

He added that the impact of the weather was shown most clearly across its autumn ranges with fashion sales falling.

Online revenues rose 12.1% during the week. Although many stores across the John Lewis portfolio reported a drop in sales, Aberdeen delivered an 11.5% increase while Croydon and Chester also delivered double digit increases of 10.7% and 10% respectively.

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