Debenhams posts record Christmas sales


LONDON - Debenhams, Britain's No. 2 department store group, posted record Christmas sales, driven by a jump in online trade and a step-up in promotions.

The group said on Tuesday sales at stores open over a year, rose 5.0 percent in the five weeks to January 5, with like-for-like sales in the 18 weeks to January 5 - a big chunk of the firm's fiscal first half - up 2.9 percent.

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