Sheffield department store helps break sales record

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SHEFFIELD city centre’s flagship department store John Lewis has said it experienced a record boom over the festive period and beginning of the post-Christmas sales.

The retailer has published its national trading update for the five weeks to December 29.

Its total sales were £684.8 million, 14.8 per cent up compared with last year, while the firm’s like-for-like sales were up 13.0 per cent.

Compared with two years ago, total sales were 25.5 per cent up, while like-for-like sales grew by 20.1 per cent.

Compared with last year, electricals and home technology sales were 30.9 per cent up, fashion, including beauty, was 10.4 per cent up and homeware sales increased by 6.2 per cent.

The company said its online sales for the five weeks were 44.3 per cent up on last year.

John Lewis said the fourth week of the period, December 16-22, saw ‘remarkable’ record sales of £157.8m.

The figure was up 26.5 per cent on 2011 sales for the equivalent week and breaking through the £150m barrier for the first time.

The fifth week, December 23 to 29, saw sales of £112.9m, up 11.5 per cent on sales for the equivalent week in 2011.

And the chain’s tills brought in a record of £31.7m for the first day of clearance on December 27.

Andy Street, managing director, said: ‘I am delighted John Lewis has delivered record breaking sales figures over the period.”