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John Lewis sales boosted by Father's Day buying

John Lewis said it enjoyed stronger trade last week as sales grew by 11.8% year-on-year with increases across all three buying directorates.

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John Lewis sales boosted by Father's Day buying

Branch sales generated a 7.3% rise while online sales climbed by 22%.

Ed Connolly, buying director for fashion at John Lewis, said: “A joined up effort from all areas for Father's Day convinced customers to choose us as a key destination to buy their gifts. It was our biggest sales week in the run up to Father's Day, which last year fell a week earlier, with some terrific category performances.”

Father’s Day buying helped boost fashion sales by 13.3% with menswear, men’s accessories and sports clothing performing particularly well.

Home sales climbed by 13.6% driven by Special Buy products and an 8.6% increase in sales of beds and bedroom items.

Electricals and home technology sales rose by 8.7% as vision sales grew by 9.5% and small electricals achieved an increase of 12.6%.

Connolly added: “With better momentum in trade this week, we are feeling confident as we approach our summer clearance.”

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