Belfast Telegraph

Online sales surge helps Debenhams

Strong online sales made up for a fall in shoppers coming through Debenhams' doors, according to the department store's latest figures.

A £40m revamp of its flagship Oxford Street store in London also remains on track and will be completed in November – in time for the Christmas rush.

The warm summer also helped sales of shorts and sandals jump by at least 30%.

Online sales soared 46% in the past year, delivering an overall 2% rise in like-for-like sales but suggesting fewer customers in stores. Profits remain in line with expectations at £153m,

Chief executive Michael Sharp warned: "We are not expecting any rapid recovery in consumer sentiment."

Belfast Telegraph

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