John Lewis enjoys ‘very healthy’ sales growth

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Department store group John Lewis saw its sales grow 8.5 per cent last week, boosted by a jump in demand for childrenswear and online orders.

The employee-owned retailer said the rise in total sales to £72.7 million for the week to 21 September was also helped by continued strong demand for gadgets such as cameras and tablet computers.

Simon Russell, director of retail operations development, said: “The cooler weather in the early part of the week certainly hit the mark for the autumn assortments and helped us record a very healthy 8.5 per cent growth.”

Among the group’s three Scottish stores, Glasgow enjoyed the strongest rise of 4.7 per cent, followed by Edinburgh with 2.3 per cent and Aberdeen at 1.4 per cent.