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New Black Friday record for John Lewis

by LLB Reporter
30th Nov 16 10:54 am

Did you buy anything on Black Friday?

John Lewis has seen its biggest week in history due to record breaking sales on Black Friday, its sales hit nearly £200m.

The store said it achieved sales of £199.8m in the week leading up to last Friday, this is up 6.5 per cent on the same week last year. It traded well both online and in shops, with many stores getting busier at the weekend.

Black Friday came to the UK six years ago, after being inspired by the US shopping tradition. Many retailers will discount heavily over the weekend.

Springboard industry figures showed that online purchases rose by 6.7 per cent this Black Friday compared with last year. Footfall at shops rose by two per cent.

John Lewis said many customers shopped via its app using their mobile phones between midnight and 9am on Black Friday. However, customers switched to desktop computers whilst at work.

During the busiest time on Friday five orders were made a second on the John Lewis website.

Electrical goods were the biggest draw to John Lewis, with sales up 11 per cent year on year, fashion sales were 4.6 per cent higher and the groups Waitrose division also made huge sales of £136.6m last week.

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