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John Lewis sales rise 2.4%

Sales at John Lewis were up 2.4%, excluding VAT, with flat like-for-likes for the five weeks to January 3.

Fashion and beauty sales were up 4% over the period. John Lewis managing director Andy Street said: “I am really encouraged by this performance over the key Christmas and early Clearance period.

“We have broken a number of records during these five weeks including two record weeks online, two record weeks in Electricals and Home Technology, our biggest ever day on 27 December for the start of Clearance in our shops and the busiest ever hour online on Christmas Eve as Clearance began on the website.”

Street added: “While we expect the next few months to be extremely tough, we are confident that our continuing focus on inspiring products, great value and differentiated service leaves John Lewis well positioned to meet customer needs in this challenging time.”

Last week the retailer said that it had benefited from a last minute Christmas rush. John Lewis saw sales rise 1.2% to £71 million for the week ended December 27. The week marked a record start to John Lewis’ Clearance Sale.

The John Lewis Partnership will announce full year results for the 2008/09 trading year on March 11.

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