The John Lewis Partnership has posted a 4.9% in Christmas sales following strong performances both at its Waitrose supermarket and John Lewis department store chain.
Debenhams has reported a “good” performance over the busy Christmas trading period with like-for-like sales up 5%.
John Lewis has reported that sales in the week commencing 19 December rose by 36% year-on-year although the period benefited from two extra trading days as the comparative week in 2015 included Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
John Lewis saw its sales edge up 0.4% year-on-year last week. The retailer said the small uplift was a result of the extra time created by Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year meaning that the big Christmas shopping days will fall this week instead.
Marks & Spencer has announced that its chairman Robert Swannell has informed the business that he intends to retire in 2017.