Online sales drive growth at John Lewis

Online sales at John Lewis Partnership played a major role in the retailer increasing revenue to £3.8bn for the first half of its financial year, up 12.4%.

Online sales at John Lewis Partnership played a major role in the retailer increasing revenue to £3.8bn for the first half of its financial year, up 12.4%. Profit also saw a boost to £110.5m, a rise of 28%.

Online sales were at the heart of John Lewis's performance, with a growth of 36.1%, said the company's statement.

John Lewis Partnership chairman Charlie Mayfield said, "This has been a strong first-half performance by the partnership. We took decisions during the recession to invest in existing shops, in new formats, in multi-channel and in 'value' and we are now seeing the benefits coming through."

Online grocery sales were also up 54% in the period.

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