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January 2, 2014updated 04 Apr 2017 4:09pm

Online sales catapult John Lewis and House of Fraser to Christmas records

The two UK department store chains have accredited record Christmases to stronger online business.

By Hannah Smithies

The two UK department store chains have accredited record Christmases to stronger online business.

John Lewis Christmas takings were boosted by a 22.6% rise in online sales compared with the same period in 2012, accounting for almost a third of the grand total of sales over the festive period.

Total sales of £734m ($1.2bn) were recorded for like-for-like sales in the five weeks to 28 December, a 7% increase on 2012 sales.

Sales in store were also up by 1.2% due to the final rush before Christmas but also because as much as a third of click-and-collect online customers bought extra items when they visited the store.

House of Fraser meanwhile described this Christmas as its "best ever" with digital sales revenue up a record breaking 58%.

The store recorded a 7.3% increase in sales in the three weeks to 28 December compared with the same period last year.

House of Fraser reported that it’s fashion and own brand item were the forerunners in sales whilst John Lewis saw 10.7% rise in electricals and home technology sales.

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