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John Lewis weekly sales up 15%

John Lewis enjoyed a 15% rise in its weekly sales last week as customers updated their summer wardrobes during the warm weather at the start of the week.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

John Lewis weekly sales up 15%

John Lewis enjoyed a 15% rise in its weekly sales last week as customers updated their summer wardrobes during the warm weather at the start of the week.

Fashion sales were 20.1% higher than the same week last year with strong growth across childrenswear, menswear and womenswear. The retailer said the key drivers were the weather and price-matching activity, which boosted sales of summer dresses, sandals, sunglasses, and T-shirts. Accessories and beauty products also sold well with sales rising by 24.8%.

The electricals and home technology directorate delivered growth of 18.8% driven by a 60.6% increase in sales of communication technology items.  The Home directorate saw sales rise by 9.3% on the same week last year as furniture sales increased by 121%.

Online sales were up 54% with click & collect orders surging 185% as 100 new Waitrose branches were brought online. The retailer said 43% of all click & collect orders were picked up from a Waitrose store and that the service accounted for just over a third of all online orders.

Among the full-line department stores Knight & Lee, Peter Jones and Cheadle headed the weekly growth table with increases of 14.3%, 11.8% and 11% respectively.

Simon Williams, head of corporate sales at John Lewis said: "Looking forward, despite the bank holiday weather disappointing those who had looked forward to a day or two in the garden, this has meant a stronger start to this week than might otherwise have been expected and as such there is every reason to be optimistic."

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