John Lewis weekly department store sales up 8.4 pct

Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:30am EDT

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - British retailer John Lewis
 on Friday gave the following sales increase figures
for the latest week compared with a year earlier.
                  Week to Oct 19  12 weeks to Oct 19
 Total sales      7.5 pct         5.4 pct
 Dept stores      8.4 pct         6.0 pct
 Food stores      7.0 pct         5.0 pct
    "Sales up 8.4 per cent on 2012 gave us our biggest sterling
week of the half so far," John Lewis said of the department
store outcome.
    "Sales moved forward more than 5 per cent on the previous
week, twice the rate of acceleration we achieved last year, and
a gathering sense of momentum now builds each week as we prepare
to enter our crucial final trading quarter."
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