Blog: Summer sales slip blamed on Murray mania

Joe Ayling | 10 July 2009

In retail when it rains it pours. But what about when the sun shines?

Well, according to UK department store John Lewis that doesn't help either.

Its weekly sales bulletin for the week ending 4 July claims that the company saw an excellent result "given the distractions of sustained sunny weather and Andy Murray's progress at Wimbledon".

The British tennis star made the semi-finals at this year's tournament.

John Lewis sales were down 2.3% for the week, with children's wear the shining light among its fashion offering. The retailer is just beginning its clearance period, an admittedly "demanding time".

And just as Wimbledon finishes the Ashes begins, so the distractions look set to continue for department stores.

Unless it rains of course...

Joe Ayling, news editor.



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