Beauty helps boost John Lewis Christmas figures despite high street challenges

Gross like for like sales were up 1.4% to £2bn for the Christmas period

UK retailer, the John Lewis Partnership has staved off misery on the high street, announcing a 1.4% increase in gross sales for the Christmas period.

Sales for the seven weeks to 5 January 2019, reached £2,207m, with department store John Lewis & Partners seeing a 2.5% increase versus last year to £1,160m, and Waitrose & Partners recording a gross sales growth of 0.2% to £1,047m.

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