Soaring TV sales helped John Lewis reach its record week in the run up to Christmas with sales up 22% on last year to £91.8m.

This is the earliest the department store has passed the £90m mark in the run up to Christmas.

It said that sales of televisions were at their highest ever levels outside of its clearance Sale with significant increases in electrical and home technology goods sales.

John Lewis director of selling operations Nat Wakely said: “This week has been incredibly strong. Customers are gift buying as well as getting the home ready for Christmas, including purchasing a new television to watch festive entertainment and play games with all the family. As temperatures begin to drop, cold weather purchases are also on the increase.” also had a record week with online sales £1m ahead of its previous record week.