Department store chain John Lewis has seen sales during the Christmas week slip 1.4 per cent amid “shifting patterns in customer shopping” – coming after the retailer enjoyed a strong Black Friday performance at the end of November.
The firm said yesterday that revenue for the week to 27 December stood at £126.2 million, dragged down by electrical goods’ sales, which fell 14.7 per cent compared with a year ago. Sales had also fallen year-on-year, by 2.4 per cent, in the previous week. In the week to 29 November, which included Black Friday, sales jumped 21.8 per cent to a record £179.1m – fuelled by electrical sales which rocketed by 40.9 per cent – and surpassing the high set in the pre-Christmas week in 2013.
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