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New Year boost for John Lewis

The first full week of John Lewis’s winter sale saw sales jump.

Sales in the week to 5 January rose by 11.2%.

‘Total sales for the week were up 11.2% on last year in what was the first full week of Clearance,’ said Jon Williams, John Lewis merchandising operations director.

‘Home sales were up 1.7%. Gifts, Cook and Dine continued to perform well with sales up 11.3%. Cookshop and tabletop also had strong sales driven by standout Special Buy lines.

‘Fashion sales were up 20.4%. Menswear had the biggest increase on last year with sales up 34.3% on last year.  Womenswear and women’s accessories were also up 19.7% and 24.3% respectively.

‘Electrical and home technology sales were up 11.7%. Communications technology products had a very strong week with sales up 35.2% and television sales were up 14%.’

Home sales for the 23 week period were down 4.3%.