Online boom forces John Lewis to axe 325 managers, despite retailer being one of the strongest performers on the high street

Online boom forces John Lewis to axe 325 managers, despite retailer being one of the strongest performers on the high street Retailer is to axe hundreds of senior roles at its 28 department stores'Streamlining' management structures as more customers shop onlineFirm's Christmas online sales were up 44 per cent year on yearOverall sales rose by 15 per cent for the five weeks to December 29 By Rupert Steiner PUBLISHED: 01:56 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 14 February 2013 It is seen as one of the safe havens of the high street. But John Lewis, held up as the face of ‘responsible capitalism’ by ministers, is axing hundreds of senior roles at its 28 department stores. The popular retailer yesterday announced plans to wipe out 325 departmental manager posts – paying salaries of 35,000 to 45,000 – despite being one of the high street’s strongest performers