The managing director of John Lewis, Andy Street.
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John Lewis managing director Andy Street on festive profits

The department store chain John Lewis said its sales in the five weeks to the end of December rose by 13%, with both stores and online sales doing well.

Overall sales for the five week period were £645m and internet sales growth were especially strong, rising by 44% on last year. Its website now accounts for a quarter of total business.

John Lewis has also said its electrical goods had sold well, with sales up almost 31%.

The company, which is the UK's biggest department store chain, said its clearance sales had had a record-breaking first day with sales of £31.7m.

The managing director of John Lewis, Andy Street, spoke to the BBC.

  • 02 Jan 2013
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