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John Lewis enjoys record trading last week as sales rise by 4.2%

John Lewis enjoyed record trading last week as sales hit £164.4 million and broke the £160 million barrier for the first time.

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John Lewis enjoys record trading last week as sales rise by 4.2%

John Lewis enjoyed record trading last week as sales hit £164.4 million and broke the £160 million barrier for the first time.

Sales increased by 4.2% on the same week last year and by 31.8% on the same week two years ago.

John Lewis shops across the country were busy with last minute shoppers and further busy days are expected today and Tuesday. Online sales rose by 31%.

All three directorates had record weeks, with growth spread across the business.

Sales in the electrical and home technology directorate increased by 5.6% as the retailer sold iPads at the rate of one every ten seconds.

Fashion sales rose by 3.3% year-on-year boosted by strong sales of childrenswear, toys and beauty gift sets.

In the home directorate, sales climbed by  4.4% as shoppers snapped up gifts such as board games and jigsaw puzzles. Gift food sales were also strong with Limoncello, Panettone and Stollen among the firm favourites. In addition, the retailer sold 2.3 million chocolate coins to make them the best-selling gift food product of the year.

Paula Nickolds, buying and brand director at John Lewis, said: "It’s clear that much of Britain has yet again taken shopping for Christmas right up to the wire. Buoyed by this week's record trading, all of our channels are braced for the final three shopping days before Christmas.

"Final Click & Collect orders for pre-Christmas collection will be taken at 7pm on Monday – an extension of one day – before our online focus shifts to Clearance, which starts at 5pm on Christmas Eve on johnlewis.com and in our shops from early in the morning on the 27 December. As ever, bargain hunters can benefit from our Never Knowingly Undersold price promise throughout the year."

 

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