Mamas & Papas continued to struggle in its latest year as it reported another loss, although there were some bright spots as its online sales continued to accelerate and now make up nearly a third of its total turnover.
On a day when most Christmas trading updates were bleak, it was encouraging to see one where the sales trajectory was in the right direction. John Lewis's sales rise wasn't big, but at least it was in the plus column.
The Christmas shopping season doesn't seem to be getting any better for John Lewis. After a strong Black Friday, it seems to have slipped back with a series of weekly reports in which sales have been sluggish at best.