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John Lewis sales up 5.9% last week

John Lewis increased its sales by 5.9% year-on-year last week as the unseasonably wet weather drove early demand for outerwear.

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John Lewis sales up 5.9% last week

John Lewis increased its sales by 5.9% year-on-year last week as the unseasonably wet weather drove early demand for outerwear.

As a result, fashion sales rose by 7.5% with womenswear sales increasing by 21.5%. Sales of menswear products climbed by 8.1% as trade was boosted by the popularity of Paul Smith menswear which had its first full week of sales.

Electrical and home technology sales rose by 9.2%. The vision category achieved the biggest growth of the week with sales of TVs up 17.7% as the new 'Samsung The Frame Art Mode TV' proved popular. Communications technology sales climbed by 12.7% largely due to sales of Apple MacBooks growing by 53% as a result of matching a competitor's promotion.

Meanwhile, home sales edged up 1% helped by a 4.9% increase in sales of textiles and home accessories. Sales of gifts, cook and dine products rose by 1.5%.

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