Department store chain John Lewis recorded its best ever week of trading in the week to Saturday December 8, up 15% on the same week last year.
Sales for the week totaled £142m as the cold weather helped to boost sales of coats, scarves and knitwear across both the menswear and womenswear departments.
Lingerie, gloves, handbags and jewellery also sold well as customers purchased Christmas gifts.
Online, the retailer also achieved record figures with sales of over £42m for the week and a record day last Monday (December 3), Cyber Monday, achieving sales of £7.3m.
“We are delighted to have achieved these new sales records, particularly in a market which is still economically challenging,” said John Lewis retail director Andrew Murphy.
“It shows that customers trust John Lewis to deliver the perfect Christmas for their family and friends, whether it is finding the right gift or finding the right touches to decorate their homes.
“It is great to see a really festive buzz in our shops and all our Partners are focused on providing the levels of service and advice our customers expect from us, particularly at this key Christmas period.”
Additionally the song from John Lewis’ Christmas TV advert, Gabrielle Alpin’s cover of The Power of Love, has become the retailer’s first ever chart topping single having achieved the number one spot in yesterday’s (December 9) Top 40 chart.