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Retail sales hit by heavy snow

January's heavy snow saw retailers suffer a shock fall in sales last month after many small grocers were forced to shut up shop amid the freezing weather.

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John Lewis bucks falling retail sales trend

John Lewis Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

John Lewis has bucked the trend of the fall in retail sales, with a 21.9% increase in year on year sales to 9 February.

Online sales also increased 36.4% year-on-year in the week to 9 February.

Financial analysis firm IHS Global Insight described the new figures as "a robust performance."

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