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.
John Lewis had a much better time of the seven days to November 24 than recently with its parent company seeing sales up 4.2% to almost £380 million but the department store chain and its webstore leaping ahead by 7.7%.
Black Friday spending fell in the UK, according to one report, even though the number of items bought this year rose, suggesting consumers are bargain-focused and retailers might struggle to make a profit from the event.
It's been another bad week for John Lewis and while its parent company sales fell 4% in the seven days to November 17, the department store chain and its webstore saw their combined turnover dropping by 6.8%.