British department store group House of Fraser on Monday reported a 7.1 percent increase in comparable-store sales for the eight weeks to Jan. 2 as private brands and growth in online revenues enabled the company to buck the general malaise gripping the U.K. retail scene.

The results include the company’s best-ever Christmas week, with sales on Dec. 26, a legal holiday in the U.K., rising 27 percent on a comp basis. Gross profits also were up, House of Fraser said, although it did not provide a percentage figure.

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