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John Lewis defies the gloom to hit Black Friday sales record

Friday 1st December 2017

John Lewis achieved a daily sales record on Black Friday, pushing aside fears that the US-inspired discount day had proved a damp squib.

Sales at the department store rose 7.2% in the week to 25 November compared with the same week last year to hit aweekly high of £214.3m.

The company said beauty products had sold particularly well – with sales up 27.5%, while electrical products and women’s fashion also performed strongly, up 9.7% and 8.3% respectively. Best sellers included Creed perfume, with some bottles costing more than £200, Sonos smart speakers, LG smart TVs and Apple MacBooks.

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