John Lewis sales slump in last full week before Christmas

John Lewis

John Lewis & Partners has suffered a slump in sales during the last full week before Christmas as retailers bank on a late festive shopping surge.

The department store chain posted a 5.1% drop in revenues in the week to December 21 compared to a year ago.

Sister retailer Waitrose & Partners’ sales plummeted 11.9% over the same seven-day period.

As a group, the John Lewis Partnership’s sales fell 8.7% to £381.6m.

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