Retail sales: Christmas winners and losers

How UK retailers fared over the festive period – in store and online

Morrisons

Sales drop 2.5% over the festive period as recession hit customer spending in its northern heartlands – and grocery retailer is hit by migration to cheaper rivals and more affluent consumers heading online

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Bumper online sales and fewer clothing markdowns boosted profits over the crucial trading period. The UK’s second largest clothing retailer has pencilled in annual profits of £611m to £625m after a tight rein on costs and fewer sale markdowns boosted coffers

John Lewis

Like-for-like sales at the department store jumped 13% in the five weeks to 29 December, a period that included three record-breaking weeks. Online sales were 44% higher than last year with Johnlewis.com now a conduit for £1 out of every £4 spent with the store

Foyles

Internet sales helped counter a drop in trade at its high street stores. The independent bookseller said sales at its five shops were down 3.7% in the 24 days to Christmas Eve, but the inclusion of website orders meant an overall fall of only 2%

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