Buoyant retailer John Lewis Partnership said it set a new sales record in its first week of post-Christmas sales.

Sales at the co-operative company's department stores were up 8.2% to GBP77m (US$151.04m) between 27 December and 2 January.

"In keeping with the theme of tumbling records, we took more money on the first day of clearance than we have ever taken before and at GBP18.3m this was 10% ahead of the first day last year," said Gareth Thomas, director of retail operations.

"Fantastic results came from linens, upholstery, lighting, vision, large electrical, men's own brands, beauty, jewellery, gifts, cookshop, china, glass and toys," he added.