Tablet demand drives 22% jump in sales at John Lewis

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Department store group John Lewis today said continued strong demand for tablet computers helped lift sales by 22 per cent last week.

The employee-owned retailer reported sales of £63.7 million for the week to 9 February, up from £52.3m a year ago, boosted by “particularly strong” sales for fashion.

The group’s three Scottish stores all reported increased sales, with Aberdeen enjoying the largest increase, up 10.3 per cent on a year ago. Sales at its Glasgow branch were up 7.7 per cent, and Edinburgh gained 5.7 per cent.

John Lewis said: “Electricals and home technology was again the leader with an enormous 46.7 per cent gain, led by tablets.”