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John Lewis weekly fashion sales rise 16%

Sales at department store chain John Lewis rose 15.1% last week to £58.7m.

Stores notched up a 10% advance in turnover and sales at the online business jumped by 49%.

Clothing sales rose 15.8%. Kidswear did best, up 35%, and women’s outerwear rose 22%.

John Lewis region B selling operations director David Barford said: “Our customers are showing a real interest in all things new. The preparation for autumn is clearly under way.”

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