* Weekly sales up 7.1 percent to 91 million pounds
* Internet sales up 23.1 compared with year before
LONDON Nov 10 Britain's biggest department
store group John Lewis said on Sunday its sales grew
by 7.1 percent to 91 million pounds ($146 million) in the week
to Nov. 9, boosted by a surge in internet purchases.
Online sales grew by 23.1 percent compared with the same
period the previous year. Overall sales fell by 0.7 percent on
the week before, which had benefited from school holidays and
the launch of Apple's new iPadAir tablet.
John Lewis is confident of outperforming rivals this
Christmas, the employee-owned firm said on Friday as it launched
a festive advertising campaign.
The 149-year-old firm has been winning share from
high-street rivals in recent years due to its strong online
offering, modern stores and a more affluent customer base. Last
Christmas it reported record sales, while rivals, such as Marks
& Spencer (M&S) MKS.L endured poor trading in a tough market.