Retail sales: Christmas winners and losers

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


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


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 now a conduit for £1 out of every £4 spent with the store


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% © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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