JOHN Lewis in Solihull failed to join in the festive shopping spree during Christmas week.
Takings were down 9.4 per cent on the same week in 2007, despite sales in many stores throughout the country attracting a surge in bargain hunters.
Despite this, nationally, the John Lewis Partnership’s takings in stores and online for the week ending December 27 were 1.2 per cent higher than a year earlier at £71 million.
The performance was helped by a record first day of its sale, when takings hit £21.4 million, up seven per cent on the same day last year.
The group said sales of consumer electronics were strong. It sold twice as many large televisions than last year.
Analysts have been predicting a gloomy Christmas on the high street.
This is despite heavy discounts and sales in the run up to the festive period.