Department store retailer John Lewis’s sales totalled £88 million in the week to November 20th, according to the latest data from the company.
Sales of fashion items were the main driver of revenue, with the company citing the colder weather and Christmas outfit buying for the increase in menswear, womenswear and children’s clothing sales.
Year-on-year comparatives for the week were up 12 per cent, while sales increased by 14 per cent compared to the previous week.
Lesley Ballantyne, Director of Operational Development for John Lewis, said: “We are delighted with last week’s excellent result, particularly as we are up against very strong figures from last year.
“There is no doubt that the colder weather has encouraged our customers to visit and purchase from our fashion departments - gloves, hats and scarves are top performers.
“Gift buying has really taken off, with gift food proving particularly popular.”
John Lewis is now releasing sales figures twice a week - once on Sunday and again on Thursday.
The company will be following this format over the next few weeks to provide the most accurate picture of Christmas trading trends.