Sales in John Lewis department stores in the week to last Saturday exceeded the £120m mark for the second time in their history - but still sustained a hit from the bad weather.

Snow scuppers John Lewis’ hopes of new record

Sales in John Lewis department stores in the week to last Saturday exceeded the £120m mark for the second time in their history – but still sustained a hit from the bad weather.

Snow scuppers John Lewis' hopes of new record

At £120.3m, sales were only slightly below those of the previous week’s record £121.03m and 7% up on last year. However, the company was on course to sell a new high of £125m-worth of goods during the week but lost out as heavy snow took its toll. Two John Lewis stores had to close because of the conditions.

Elsewhere, though, branches in Nottingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, along with Peter Jones in central London, achieved record week’s sales, while Monday December 13 saw John Lewis’ online operation achieve its highest sales day ever.

Top-selling products included table linens, glassware, inflatable beds, towels and gift food, while hats, scarves, gloves and earmuffs saw unprecedented increases.

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