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John Lewis has reported its largest ever week of sales thanks to the Black Friday weekend.

The department store chain posted sales of £187.7m in the week to 28 November. That figure is up 4.8% on the same week last year and a strong day of trading on Black Friday was followed by a 9.3% rise in store sales on Saturday.

With many Black Friday shoppers switching to online after the huge crowds last year, John Lewis said online sales were up 15.5%.

Focusing on Black Friday itself, John Lewis said sales were up 11.9% on 2014.

During its peak, John Lewis said five items per second passed through its distribution centre. It said it processed 18% more parcels than last year.

Dino Rocos, John Lewis operations director, said: “Black Friday marks the first of the three peaks of Christmas and there was huge anticipation for the day this year and high expectations to meet. I’m very proud of the fact that we delivered successfully for our customers. This is testament to the work of our partners both on Black Friday itself and in our forward planning.”