E-tailer Play.com has stormed ahead of its sales expectations in the year to date, led by demand for home entertainment products such as DVDs.

Chief operating officer Stuart Rowe said: “We are ahead of budget with customers spending in all areas with lower price points. We are not selling as many TVs, for example, but everywhere elseis buoyant.”

He added that the products being sold point towards a trend of people staying at home to save money during the recession.

Rowe said Play.com was already putting together its Christmas plan for what he expects to be one of the best festive seasons ever. “Without Woolworths there is going to be capacity in the market and we will be concentrating on putting together a cracking Christmas plan.”