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Rolls-Royce announces record half-year sales

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced today that the company has enjoyed a record half-year in 2014, with sales increasing by 33% worldwide compared with the same period in 2013.

Sales growth was seen in all regions, with a particularly strong performance in Europe, up by over 60%, Asia Pacific up by almost 40% and the Middle East up by over 30%. The US and China also saw double-digit growth. In Europe, strong performance was seen in Germany, with sales doubling.

Rolls-Royce continues to see strong customer demand for Wraith, significant orders for the recently announced Ghost Series II and good demand for the Phantom family of cars across the world. Bespoke production continues at record levels across all model families.

This is an excellent half-year result and demonstrates the continued confidence that our customers have in our company and our fine cars. The new Rolls-Royce Wraith has been a stunning success in the super-luxury segment, setting new modern style and technology leadership benchmarks. Wraith complements the pinnacle performance of the incomparable Rolls-Royce Phantom and the new Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, the latter first arriving in markets in autumn this year."

– Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer for Rolls-Royce

John Lewis reveal 6.9% sales boost

The department store revealed a rise in sales over the Christmas period Credit: PA Wire

John Lewis has revealed that its sales have climbed 6.9% over the Christmas period.

Total sales for the five weeks to the 28th December reached £734 million, with a 1.2% boost for shops and a 22.6% rise in online takings compared with 2012.

The first day of clearance sales in branches on 27th December saw the biggest ever day of trading across the business as it took £35.6 million.

Meanwhile, John Lewis said three-quarters of Christmas Day online traffic came from phones and tablet computers, making it the UK's first "mobile Christmas".

Managing director Andy Street said: "Many of the big online shopping days and weeks occurred earlier in the period but shops were packed in the last-minute rush on 'manic Monday' when we saw our city centre shops record peak days."

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Thousands head to pick up bargains at Bluewater

Bluewater shopping centre Credit: Press Association

More than a hundred and thirty thousand bargain hunters turned up at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent yesterday, exceeding the Boxing Day record set last year. People started queuing outside from one o'clock in the morning.

The mall's manager is predicting visitor figures to reach around 900,000 in total between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve.