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John Lewis clearance sales up 19%

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Department store John Lewis saw sales leap up 19 per cent to £75.8 million in the final week of its clearance sale, it was revealed today.

In “a cracking finale” to the department store’s clearance period, sales of Electricals and Home Technology were up 35 per cent year-on-year in the week to January 12th 2013, while homeware sales increased by 12 per cent in this period.

Fashion was another area which performed well, with sales rising eight per cent as handbags and beauty products sold in high numbers.

Several stores also delivered particularly strong growth, with Swindon seeing 29 per cent year-on-year sales growth, while sales at the newly refurbished Milton Keynes branch were up by 25 per cent.

As cold weather kept many people indoors, multichannel continued to provide strong sales for the retailer and sales made through its online store johnlewis.com were up 38.6 per cent on the same week last year.

Commenting on the figures, John Lewis’ Director of Selling Operations for Region A, Nat Wakely said: “It was great to see such a week when everything came together so well.”

Wakely also referenced the snow which is scheduled to hit many parts of the UK today, and which could keep customers away from the high street this weekend, saying: “Hopefully we and our customers will navigate it safely and successfully towards the end of our financial year.”

Published on Friday 18 January by Editorial Assistant

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