Last week saw trade fuelled by Black Friday and price matching of competitor events at John Lewis, resulting in the retailer's biggest ever week for sales in its history, at £187.7m.

Sales were up 4.8% on last year, up 27.6% on two years ago and up 60.1% week-on-week. Sales through johnlewis.com were up 15.5% year-on-year.

Across Black Friday and the following Saturday and Sunday, the retailer's distribution teams processed 18% more parcels compared to last year, equating to five units per second during the peak hour.

Trade in Home increased by 3.7% year-on-year. Fitted furniture sales were up 31.7% and Beds and Bedroom Furniture was up 21.2%.

"Black Friday marks the first of the three peaks of Christmas and there was huge anticipation for the day this year and high expectations to meet," says operations director Dino Rocos. "I'm very proud of the fact that we delivered successfully for our customers – this is testament to the work of our partners both on the day itself and in our forward planning."