John Lewis sells a tablet every second

JOHN LEWIS is celebrating the highest weekly sales in its 150-year history after the chain sold one tablet computer every second during Black Friday.

Andy Street, MD of John Lewis

The retailer kick-started its Christmas selling season as sales hit £179.1m for the week ending November 29, up 21.8 per cent on the same period a year ago and 56.8 per cent up on the previous week.

Online weekly sales leapt 42.2 per cent on the year, while a number of its stores achieved record daily takings, including York, Southampton, Liverpool and its flagship store in London’s Oxford Street.

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The high street bellwether’s electrical department was the star performer with weekly sales up a record 40.9 per cent.

Samsung big-screen TVs were selling at the rate of one every minute on Black Friday.

The group said bargain-hunting shoppers logged on to its website at midnight on Thursday/Friday night, sending traffic numbers up 300 per cent in the early hours of the morning.