LONDON Jan 12 Debenhams, Britain's No.2
department store chain, posted a 5 percent rise in like-for-like
sales in the seven-week Christmas period, buoyed by a plan to
sell more beauty and gift products rather than clothing.
Debenhams said on Thursday that in the seven weeks to Jan.
7, its sales at stores open for more than a year grew by 5
percent. That compared to a 3.5 percent rise in like-for-like
sales over the longer 18 week period to Jan. 7.
"The resilience of Debenhams' differentiated offer is
beginning to show through, with the growth we have driven in
beauty and gifting," said Debenhams CEO Sergio Bucher.
Moving away from clothes has become a key part of
Debenhams's strategy as Britons spend less on clothing.
Clothes retailer Next reported disappointing
Christmas sales and downgraded its profit forecast earlier in
(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Costas Pitas)