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John Lewis commits to two-year UK manufacturing target

John Lewis has committed its support for UK manufacturing by setting a new two-year 15% growth target for goods sold in its shops that are made in the UK.

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John Lewis commits to two-year UK manufacturing target

John Lewis has committed its support for UK manufacturing by setting a new two-year 15% growth target for goods sold in its shops that are made in the UK.

The new growth target will be supported by use of the John Lewis Made in UK identifier, a small union flag symbol which is currently displayed on over 10,500 products.

The commitment comes on the 60th anniversary of John Lewis’s manufacturing arm, Herbert Parkinson in Lancashire, which manufactures a range of the retailer’s home textile products.

Stuart McDonald, managing director of Herbert Parkinson, said: "UK manufacturing remains a key focus for John Lewis so it’s apt that we are able to launch this target at a time when we are celebrating 60 years as Partners of John Lewis, and our commitment to UK manufacturing.

"At Herbert Parkinson we strive to set ourselves apart by delivering innovative products to our customers, along with quality, service and design which is why we hope the new target, as well as the Made in UK identifier, will allow us to generate awareness and further support UK manufacturing."

John Lewis has revealed that sales of its UK-sourced products reached £480 million in 2012, an increase of 9% on the 2011 baseline.

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