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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.

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