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'Record' online Boxing Day sales

There was a new record for online shopping set yesterday, analysts claimed. High streets retailers said they enjoyed record figures as the average footfall across the UK rose by 21.6% compared to last year.

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John Lewis enjoys sales boom in pre-Christmas shopping

John Lewis broke through the £150m barrier for the first time in pre-Christmas trading. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Leading department store John Lewis recorded its best ever start to an online sale, which began on Christmas Eve, with hourly orders up 70% on last year.

In its final pre-Christmas trading period, John Lewis saw sales of £157.8m, up 26.5% on the same period last year.

The store's managing director, Andy Street, said: "To be announcing another record-breaking pre-Christmas week along with such a fantastic start to our online clearance is marvellous news, and is very encouraging ahead of our shops opening their doors tomorrow morning."

The announcement came as records were set for Boxing Day sales across the UK. Click here to read more on the consumer boom.

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