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John Lewis sales surpass the £100m mark

Colder weather aided sales at John Lewis last week, pushing revenues past the £100m mark earlier than ever before.

The department store chain achieved sales in excess of £100m in the week to November 16 for the first time this year, rising 10.7% year-on-year to £101.4m.

Barbour was the standout performer across John Lewis’ fashion arm and sales of outerwear and knitwear helped deliver a 29.8% rise in kidswear sales. With colder weather setting in boots and slippers also proved popular.

Online sales soared with revenues rising 23.7% on last year, accounting for 31% of the retailer’s revenues.

Retail director Andrew Murphy said: “We’re delighted to have achieved such a strong uplift in sales… All directorates have put in an impressive performance and the online share result is a great testament to the strength of our omnichannel model.”

He added the launch of John Lewis’ Christmas advert has resulted in a “real festive buzz”.

Murphy said: “In our shops, 11 branches put on double digit increases on last year, with the addition of fashion to High Wycombe continuing to delight customers. Both Oxford Street and Peter Jones delivered solid performances, showing Christmas has really arrived in the capital.”

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