Early Mother’s Day boosts John Lewis sales

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Department store group John Lewis today said the early arrival of Mother’s Day helped push sales up 14.3 per cent last week.

The employee-owned retailer also said it was a “huge week” for electricals, with sales in this department up 33 per cent on a year ago amid strong demand for tablet computers and white goods.

Overall, takings in the week to 9 March rose to £68.2 million, up from £59.7m a year ago, and all three of the firm’s Scottish stores enjoyed double-digit sales growth.

Sales in Glasgow were up 21.9 per cent, followed by Edinburgh at 17.5 per cent and Aberdeen with a 17.2 per cent increase.