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Internet sales and new stores helped John Lewis grow revenue last week as 82 per cent of its shops open more than a year failed to match year-earlier trade.


Overall revenue across the cooperative was up 3.8 per cent to £86.1m in the seven days to 10th January, buoyed by 19 per cent growth online. Home sales online were up 20 per cent, with Fashion ecommerce up more than a third.


Its stores business saw 32 of its 39 shops open over a year down on the same period a year ago, with double-digit declines in Tunbridge Wells, Aberdeen, Welwyn Garden City, Glasgow and Reading.


Its Ipswich store — up 11.5 per cent — was the strongest shop, with two of the seven in credit (Kingston & Leicester) only just creeping past the 2014 mark (+0.3pc).


Overall Home sales were up 6.5 per cent with name-checks for Accents and Gifts (+10pc), Textiles and Carpets (+8pc) and Cooking and Dining (+7pc).