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Snow hits John Lewis for £11.6m

John Lewis saw sales drop by 14.4% last week as the Beast from the East and Storm Emma deterred and prevented consumers from shopping.

Sales fell by £11.58m in the week to 3 March, compared to the week to 4 March in 2017, when sales were £80.4m.

‘Our partners across the network made an incredible effort to support trading after snowy weather across the UK impacted our sales and disrupted some of our operations,’ said Christine Kasoulis, John Lewis fashion buying director.

‘Home sales were down 17.2% but customers preparing for Mother's Day and Easter purchased seasonal gift food, up 36%, and sweets, up 43% on last year.

‘Electricals and home technology sales were down 6.3%, however heating products were up 265% on this week last year and sales of tumble dryers were up too. Fashion sales were down 18.8% but customers wanting to wrap up warm purchased hats, gloves and scarfs with sales up 38%. Sales of boots were also up 36% compared to last year.’