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Snow showers dampen John Lewis sales

Fashion sales at John Lewis dropped 6.8% last week as the retailer felt the force of the snowy weather.

As temperatures plummeted, fashion sales dropped in the week to January 19.

Simon Russell, director of retail operations development, said: “Large volumes of new season’s lines, which are arriving earlier this year, were very well received by customers and added some visual freshness to shops, helping them transition from Clearance into the new season. Predictably branches also reported a spike in warm clothing and accessories, particularly wellington boots.”

Despite the weather sales across the department store group as a whole still grew by 6.7% for the week as Johnlewis.com proved resilient with an increase of 40%.

While most of the retailer’s stores were negatively impacted by the weather some saw growth.

Sales at Glasgow increased by 9.2%, sales at Swindon grew by 7.1% and Oxford Street delivered a 4.9% increase. Peter Jones, Trafford, Knight & Lee (Southsea) and Aberdeen also posted sales growth during the week.

Russell added: “One thing for sure is that 2013 will be just as challenging and I am sure that the continued efforts and power of many committed and passionate Partners around the business will stand us in good stead for the year ahead.”

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