The cold snap helped John Lewis shift more of its winter fashion stock as total sales climbed 10.8 per cent last week.

The department store chain followed last week’s record sales week with revenue of £160m in the seven days to 6th December.

Fashion was up 7.8 per cent, with winter knitwear selling well. Home climbed 4.8 per cent on year-earlier trade though the retail co-operative didn’t single out any particular big-ticket category as having shone.

Instead, it highlighted cookware such as stainless steel roasting pans (+39pc) and meat thermometers (+37pc) as well as Christmas gift food (+15pc).

Electricals sales were up 21 per cent — with food prep merchandise selling strongest — while Online achieved growth of 32 per cent against the same week in 2013.