Fashion group Aurora, which runs Oasis, Warehouse and Coast, like-for-like sales soared 13% over the festive period.

For the five weeks to December 31 total sales jumped 13.5% year-on-year and gross profit increased 9.2%.

The jump came despite store footfall being down on last year with online sales driving growth. Aurora chief executive Mike Shearwood said there was a “significant increase” in sales through the channel.

The retailer’s sales growth comes on the back of single-digit like-for-like growth last Christmas which it experienced despite the snow hindering shoppers heading to the high street.