John Lewis enjoy a very Merry Christmas
Fans of John Lewis rejoice! Your favourite department store has reported its best-ever Christmas sales... ever! The high street chain clobbered its previous pre-recession best in 2007 with record revenues of over half a billion pounds in the five weeks up to Saturday and like-for-like sales up nearly 13 per cent from last year. All said and done, they've done rudely well in a so-called "recession".
Fashion sales increased by over a fifth, home goods were up 19 per cent and electrical and technology sales increased by 11 per cent. John Lewis managing director Andy Street said that the five-week period had seen "a number of records broken", but that it was unlikely the good fortune would continue through 2010. Spoilsport. Another director concluded the record December spending was down to people simply going batshit crazy: "People can only take so much bad news and then their heads burst open like bad eggs in a microwave this Christmas they wanted to shop."