By Daniel Hunter

House of Fraser has reported "record" sales over the Christmas period.

Like-for-like sales were up 8% in the six weeks to 3 January, compared with the same period last year.

Sales for the week before Christmas were up 6.8%, making a new record for the 165-year old department store.

There was particularly strong growth in online sales, which were up by 31.2%. Black Friday, like many others, saw a huge increase in sales. Online sales on the one-day discount extravaganza were up 125%.

"We are delighted with our Christmas trading performance," said House of Fraser chief executive John King.

"Given this further investment [larger online offering and in-store refurbishments], we believe that we are well placed to continue to grow in 2015," added Mr King.

Retail analyst Nick Bubb, said: "A good performance, reflecting the strength of House of Fraser's online operation under Andy Harding and they have been quite clever about discounting, avoiding the "price-matching" battle of Debenhams and John Lewis.

"Unfortunately, House of Fraser still doesn't really make any money and that is because of the rising costs of online distribution and fulfilment."

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