DEPARTMENT store John Lewis said it had an "outstanding" Christmas
with sales topping more than half a billion pounds.
John Lewis, which operates 35 stores across the UK, said sales were
up 9.3 per cent to s596 million in the five weeks to December
Excluding sales gains from new store openings in 2011, sales rose
by six per cent on a like-for-like basis.
John Lewis also recorded a new weekly sales record in the five week
period, taking s133.1 million in the seven days to December 17.
Clothing and electrical items, such as iPads and Kindles, were
outstanding sellers in the run up to Christmas as customers took
advantage of the John Lewis price matching pledge.
Online revenues also rose by 28 percent for the five-week period,
boosted by a near doubling of the number of online shoppers using
its click and collect service compared to last year.
Managing director Andy Street said:"Sales during the four weeks to
Christmas Eve were outstanding," adding demand has also remained
strong in the post Christmas sales period.