Shoppers made the most of discounts and the longer Christmas holiday to help John Lewis grow sales in its first full week of Clearance.

The department store retailer said all bar four of its shops nationwide beat year-earlier figures in the seven days to 3rd January, benefitting from an additional weekday before the New Year holiday.

Home sales were up 9.5 per cent, with the chain saying there were record sales across reduced and Special Buy merchandise. Textiles and Carpets were up 11 per cent, Cooking and Dining by 10 per cent and Furniture by 9 per cent, including a good sell-through of Clearance gear.

Total sales across the cooperative were up 9.6 per cent to £124.3m, with Fashion comfortably the best performing category, up 27.1 per cent. Electricals were slightly down — by 0.8 per cent — reflecting the continued impact of Black Friday.