John Lewis Partnership is reported to have plans to create 35,000 new jobs and double its turnover in the next 10 years.

Reports in newspaper, The Observer made the claims over the weekend without citing sources, but said the company’s board had last week approved a £12-billion expansion plan to increase both the numbers of its department stores, as well as its supermarkets trading under the Waitrose brand.

John Lewis has not made any comment on the reports.

But the move is likely to build on the retailer’s recent success over the key Christmas and New Year trading period, which saw sales across its department store business rise by 10.8%, buoyed by strong online performance.