John Lewis sees bumper sales

Bargain hunters have boosted John Lewis department store sales by more than 26 per cent during the first three full days of the retailer's post-Christmas clearance event.

The stores notched up £27.8m in sales on Monday, up 54 per cent on the same day last year and some 30 per cent higher than the previous record for a single day's sales in December 2008.

"We have had a fantastic start to clearance with both 27 and 28 December beating our previous record for a single day's sales," Nat Wakely, the John Lewis director for selling operations, said.

The figures will be a boost to the retail sector, which was hit hard by the pre-Christmas snow amid hopes for a strong performance ahead of the VAT rise scheduled for next week.

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