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Sales soar at John Lewis

jllinenSales leap by 15% in record week. John Lewis enjoyed its best sales week last week, boosted by the row over Amazon's UK tax payments.

Sales in the week to 8 December rose 15% to £142m. Both in-store and online sales climbed, with johnlewis.com generating a record £42m.

'There is also clear evidence that getting the home ready for Christmas continues apace. Sales of Christmas trees and decorations reached new heights, with tree lights particularly - both for inside and outside the home - being in great demand. John Lewis branches throughout the country also reported significant increases in sales of bed linen, ready made curtains, guest beds and lighting as well as Christmas themed table linen for festive entertaining,' says Andrew Murphy, John Lewis retail director.

'We are delighted to have achieved these new sales records, particularly in a market which is still economically challenging. It shows that customers trust John Lewis to deliver the perfect Christmas for their family and friends, whether it is finding the right gift or finding the right touches to decorate their homes.'

Andy Street, John Lewis md says consumers are trusting the retailer amid criticism of rivals such as Amazon for the amount of tax paid in the UK.

'I can't prove it, but it definitely has been good, I'd call it background publicity for us. I think our customers expect John Lewis to be a responsible business in every sense of that, to be a good citizen and that extends from the conditions in the supply chain, through to paying the right amount of corporation tax.'