Department store group House of Fraser today (11 January) became the latest UK retailer to post stellar results during the eight-week Christmas trading period, with sales growing by 7.1%.

The retailer said it had enjoyed its "biggest ever" Christmas week, as well as a 27% jump in Boxing Day sales.

Sales of its own brands such as Linea, Kenneth Cole and Episode, rose 33%, while online sales soared 91% in the eight weeks to 2 January it said.

Women's fashion accessories were up 20% and men's wear up 12% on a like-for-like basis, it added.

Even so, the firm warned "the general outlook for retailing will be tough until the overall national economic position improves".