John Lewis sales slump

The Edinburgh branch of John Lewis has suffered a decline in sales.

The St James Centre store saw sales dip by 2.7 per cent in the week to October 1 compared with the same week a year earlier.

Despite the decline, its figures in the first nine weeks of the financial year are still 1.6 per cent ahead of the same period last year.

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Across the UK, John Lewis sales declined by 7.9 per cent in the week to October 1, to £57.5 million. Bosses said it was “a tough week” due to the “Indian summer” weather.