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John Lewis & House of Fraser enjoy strong Christmases

John Lewis outperformed many of its rivals over the Christmas period. Credit: PA Wire

John Lewis has reported buoyant trading over Christmas with like-for-like sales climbing 6.9 percent over the five weeks to December 28.

House of Fraser also performed well in the festive period, hailing its best ever Christmas with comparable store sales up 7.3 percent.

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John Lewis finds girl who confessed to breaking bauble

A five-year-old girl who wrote a letter of apology to department store John Lewis after she broke a bauble has been found following a social media campaign.

The girl, who signed her name as Faith, sent the letter after she accidentally broke the decoration while visiting a shop in Cambridge.

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@johnlewisretail the cutest letter sent to JL Cambridge. There is no address so we wanted to thank Faith on Twitter! http://t.co/st5RenNGmw

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Branch manager Dominic Joyce launched a bid to find the girl on Twitter using the tag #findfaith, saying he would like to thank her for the "adorable gesture".

John Lewis confirmed that the girl's parents had been in touch this morning but had indicated that no further thanks was needed.

Read: Five-year-old confesses to John Lewis, 'I broke a bauble'

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Five-year-old's confesses to John Lewis: 'I broke bauble'

John Lewis has launched an appeal to find a five-year-old girl who wrote to the retailer apologising for breaking a Christmas bauble.

The girl, known only as Faith, sent a handwritten apology to her local store in Cambridge after she said she accidentally broke the decoration on a visit to the shop.

Staff at John Lewis are keen to meet the youngster but baffled as to who she could be.

Store manager Dominic Joyce posted the letter and the appeal on Twitter:

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@johnlewisretail the cutest letter sent to JL Cambridge. There is no address so we wanted to thank Faith on Twitter! http://t.co/st5RenNGmw

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He told the Daily Mail: "We’d like to thank her and because of her adorable letter maybe give her something from the store she would like."

Read more: Girl is tracked down by social media users**

Patient man @johnlewis gets thank you from retailer

A computing professor from the United States who shares his name with the John Lewis department store has received a selection of gifts from the retailer as a thank you for directing Twitter users to their feed.

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Thanks to @johnlewisretail for sending me a new macbook and lots of other goodies, with a nice letter signed by lots of folks from JL HQ.

Mr Lewis, whose Twitter handle is often assumed by internet users to be the official account of the retailer, regularly and politely points errant tweeters back to the correct @johnlewisretail page.

Visit the @johnlewis Twitter feed to see the volume of helpful tweets he sends every day.

Allen's song for John Lewis ad misses out on top spot

Lily Allen's cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know which has been used on John Lewis' Christmas advert has narrowly missed out on the number one spot in the charts.

Read: Lily Allen song used in John Lewis' Christmas ad

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, 17, sold 12,000 more copies than Allen's song with his debut single Animals.

The ad features a bear and a hare in an animated woodland tale, with Allen's tones providing the soundtrack.

The £7 million advertising campaign has also led to Keane's original version from 2004 climbing 74 places to re-enter the Top 40 at number 29.

Garrix, whose catchy dance tune is already a hit around the rest of the world, said he "didn't expect this success at all".

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John Lewis pays £40m to staff in holiday pay blunder

The John Lewis Partnership is paying out £40 million to its staff after miscalculating holiday pay.
The John Lewis Partnership is paying out £40 million to its staff after miscalculating holiday pay. Credit: PA

The John Lewis Partnership will pay £40 million to its staff following seven years of miscalculating holiday pay, the company announced today.

Up to 69,000 "partners" who work at the employee-owned retailer will be affected, with individual payments varying according to pay and shift patterns.

More than half of recipients are set to receive less than £120 each, but some workers will be given a few thousand pounds each in compensation.

John Lewis and Waitrose staff set for 15% bonus

John Lewis and Waitrose staff are set for bonuses worth 15 percent of their salaries tomorrow as the retail chain marks a rise in profits.

John Lewis Partnership, which is owned by its 84,700 employees, cut its staff bonus from 18% to 14% last year after it suffered a 4% fall in profits to £353.8 million.

John Lewis Partnership is set to announce profits of £415 million
John Lewis Partnership is set to announce profits of £415 million Credit: PA

But staff are poised to get a "small increase" in their latest bonuses thanks to a 17% hike in profits after a "bumper" Christmas, said retail analyst Nick Bubb.

The same percentage bonus is received by each worker in the company, from check-out assistants to chairman Charlie Mayfield.

Like-for-like Christmas sales at John Lewis up 13%

Total Christmas like-for-like sales were up 13% at John Lewis with total sales at £684.8m according to its trading statement for the five weeks to 29 December.

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Electrical and Home Technology sales were also up 30% on last year. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Compared with two years ago, total sales were 25.5 per cent up while like-for-like sales grew by 20.1 per cent.

Online sales for the five weeks were 44.3 per cent up on last year with Johnlewis.com now accounting for a quarter of the retailer's business.

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