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John Lewis beats snow to post sales leap

Despite taking a sales hit of almost £5m on Saturday, department store chain John Lewis managed to achieve turnover of more than £120m for the second week running and for only the second time in its history.

The department store group saw sales reach £120.3m for the week to December 18, up 7% year on year, though the bad weather caused the retailer to close its High Wycombe and Brent Cross Shopping Centre stores on Saturday.

John Lewis said its Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Peter Jones stores achieved record sales during the period. On December 13 its online sales achieved record sales.

The department store group said said sales of outerwear, hats, scarves, gloves and earmuffs saw “unprecedented increases”.

John Lewis retail director Andrew Murphy said: “Under the current weather conditions, to have come so close to the recent record week is a testimony to how much customers value John Lewis for our range of quality products, excellent customer service and our ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ price matching promise. Those products and services are still available. Even though some customers may have missed out on their key shopping day, there are still five shopping days left. Our branches are buzzing with Christmas excitement, our stock levels are good, our opening hours are extended, and our partners are ready to serve the pent-up demand from customers.”

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