UK’s John Lewis post-Xmas sales had record day

* Sales on Dec 27 hit new high

* Due to report detailed figures on Dec 30

LONDON, Dec 28 (BestGrowthStock) – British retailer John Lewis
[JLP.UL] said on Tuesday it had registered a record day of sales
for a single day’s trade earlier this week, as many retailers
brace for a tough 2011.

“Sales yesterday (Dec. 27) reached a new high, with 12 of
our branches achieving stunning record numbers and our website
operation showing near double the transactions compared with the
same day last year,” director Lesley Ballantyne said in a
statement.

Ballantyne said there had been strong sales of TVs, audio
and large electrical goods products, along with clothing and
other fashion items.

John Lewis is due to report more detailed turnover figures
on Dec. 30. On Sunday, it had said that sales in the week to
Christmas Day had risen by 30.6 percent compared with the same
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On Monday, the organisation representing London’s upmarket
West End shopping district said that more than a million
shoppers had spent about 120 million pounds ($185.2 million)
over the past two days in the area.

Yet despite the typically frenetic activity on Britain’s
shopping streets as customers look to pick up bargains after
Christmas, many UK retailers are braced for tougher conditions
in 2011.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said in a survey on
Monday that most UK retailers expected lower sales in 2011 on
the back of weak consumer demand and inflationary pressures.
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In the United States, a major snowstorm on the U.S. East
Coast kept many shoppers home just after Christmas, casting a
pall on the final act of the holiday sales season.
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(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Erica Billingham)

UK’s John Lewis post-Xmas sales had record day