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RETAIL giant John Lewis has reported an ‘outstanding’ rise in sales at its department stores during Christmas.

The Knight and Lee store in Palmerston Road, Southsea, is one of its outlets.

Like-for-like sales, which strip out the effect of changes in retail space, were up 6.2 per cent from a year ago.

The retailer said total sales of household goods were up 13.6 per cent, and fashion was up 10.3 per cent.

It added that sales in those areas were strong in the last five weeks of 2011.

Total sales for the period rose 9.3 per cent, thanks in part to the opening of three new stores last year.

‘Sales during the four weeks to Christmas Eve were outstanding,’ said Andy Street, John Lewis’ managing director.

‘During that period, we broke the record for our biggest week ever with a total of £133.1m for the week ending December 17.’