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John Lewis: Independent Scotland could see price rises

John Lewis has warned shoppers in Scotland they could face higher prices in an independent Scotland.

Partnership chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said the company had no intention of reducing its presence north of the border, where it has nine shops, a contact centre and employs more than 3,000 people.

But he cautioned firms were unlikely to continue sharing the burden of the higher operating costs incurred in Scotland across UK customers in the event of the break up of the Union.

John Lewis. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

Sir Charlie told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

The debate has clearly become very, very fractious. As a businessman it is not my place to tell Scottish voters how to vote in next week's referendum.

But I will say two things. From a business perspective there will be economic consequences to a Yes vote, not just in uncertainty but some of the turmoil we are hearing about.

And it is also the case that it does cost more money to trade in parts of Scotland and therefore those hard costs, in the event of a Yes vote, are more likely to be passed on.

– Sir Charlie Mayfield, John Lewis Partnership chairman

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.

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.

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.

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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:

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."

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.

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.

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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