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Debenhams finance chief quits after profit warning

The finance director of Debenhams has quit days after the retail company issued a massive profit warning after poor Christmas sales. But both John Lewis and House of Fraser enjoyed buoyant festive trading.

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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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