LONDON Dec 26 John Lewis reported a
strong increase in sales in the week leading up to Christmas,
boosted by online orders as internet shopping accounts for an
ever growing slice of Britain's retail spend.
Sales in the week to Dec. 22 at the country's biggest
department store group rose 26.5 percent to 157.8 million pounds
($254.7 million) compared with last year. Its website broke its
daily sales record with 7.8 million pounds on Dec. 17.
The store will announce its five-week trading update on Jan.
John Lewis said it had more Christmas Day customers online
than ever before, with shoppers up by almost a quarter from the
same day last year and sales rising 40 percent. Laptops,
Egyptian cotton sheets, TVs and tablet computers were
Online retailer Amazon earlier this month it expected
Christmas Day sales at its British arm to be the busiest ever.
Analysts expect Boxing Day to be the busiest online shopping
day nationally this year with a predicted 472.5 million pounds
In retail outlets nationwide, experts Springboard said 22
percent more people had gone shopping during the first three
hours of Boxing Day trading than last year.
Despite steep cuts in state spending that have hit many
households since 2010, Britons spent more on Christmas presents
this year than last, a poll in newspaper The Times showed on