Department store John Lewis sales grew 8% in the four days to the end of Wednesday December 8.

The retailer said it was particularly pleased with the growth in light of the adverse weather conditions, and the fact it is up against tough comparables.

John Lewis said its multichannel offer is “proving popular” with customers. Sales at were up 52% on last year.

It said it has achieved a “more balanced performance” this week across all three categories - fashion, home and electricals – as the snow cleared in most parts of the country and customers were able to make trips to stores.

David Barford, director of selling operations for John Lewis, said: “Despite the still fairly adverse weather conditions it is pleasing to see growth on last year. Yet again this week the strength of our multichannel offer is proving popular. Most of our branches are delivering growth on last year.”

In the week ending Saturday 4, sales grew 1.3% compared with last year.  

In the four day period indoor Christmas lighting performed strongly, as well as Christmas gift wrap. Last week it sold enough to stretch from Dover to Calais.

Premium beauty products have been “flying off the shelves”, as John Lewis sold one item every 12 seconds. 

Lego continued to be a “firm favourite”,  recording its best week ever with sales up 30% on last year.