LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) - British retailer The John Lewis Partnership [JLP.UL] on Friday gave the following sales figures for the latest week compared to a year earlier.
Week to July 11 23 weeks to July 11
Total sales 6.3 pct 2.7 pct
Dept stores -1.6 pct -4.2 pct
Food group 12.1 pct 7.0 pct
"We missed matching last year's level of trade by just 1.6 percent, making week 23 one of the better weeks of the year thus far. The weather became more changeable as the week progressed and that was reflected in the sales growth we enjoyed on Friday and Saturday," John Lewis said of the department stores outcome.
Reporting by James Davey