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John Lewis breaks new sales record

Published: 14 December 2009
Department store chain hits £110m, as Christmas shopping is in full swing and homewares sales soar.
John Lewis breaks new sales record
John Lewis announced a brand new record, with sales of £110m - the most it has ever taken in a week.

The figure is more than 8% up on the retailer's biggest week in 2007, which, until last week had been its all-time record.

Table linen, decorations and cookshop have all seen strong sales, as customers continue to view preparing the home for Christmas as a key priority.

Bigger household purchases are also experiencing incredible growth, according to the retailer, with sales of fitted kitchens doing particularly well.

John Lewis director of operational development Andrew Murphy said: "It is very exciting to be breaking records week after week...The atmosphere in our branches is very festive as, across the country, people are out Christmas shopping."

John Lewis also reported a record sales week for home products in the seven days to December 5. With the category up 17.7%, furniture was the star of the show, up 28% on last year. The company explained: "With most of our competitors having now ceased to offer pre-Christmas furniture delivery, we should maximise the opportunity of our own seven-day delivery service, which remains available throughout this week."

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