In the four weeks before Christmas Day Tesco enjoyed "record sales and volumes" and in the first week of December Tesco reported its biggest ever week of sales, outstripping the market by almost four per cent in fresh food.
Lewis said food, and particularly fresh food, were driving growth across all the company's stores and online, with the company selling over 600,000 turkeys and half a million kilos of fresh salmon.
Just today, fashion retailers announce sales revenues 10-25% higher over the Christmas period, as companies both young (Boohoo) and old (Ted Baker) see bumper demand, further projecting the image of the cash conscious United Kingdom consumer wanting bang for their buck, especially at yuletide.
Like-for-like sales and volumes in fresh food in the United Kingdom were up by 3.7 per cent, driving overall like-for-like sales growth in the country to 1.9 per cent.
Lidl has claimed it was the "fastest growing supermarket" over Christmas after booking record festive sales.
"We delivered an excellent operational performance across the group, with great availability, strong customer satisfaction scores and our lowest level of waste ever at Christmas", said Mike Coupe, CEO of Sainsbury's.
General merchandise was also the Achilles heal for Sainsbury's as it reported a 1.1% rise in like-for-like sales over the 15 weeks to January 6.
The group also reported data for the third quarter, with Irish like-for-like sales rising by 3.3%.
The retailer will report its full year results in May.
According to its latest trading update, third quarter like-for-like sales in the United Kingdom grew by 2.3 per cent - representing Tesco's eighth consecutive quarter of growth - and total sales grew 2.5 per cent.
The results represented the company's eighth consecutive quarter of growth and continued market outperformance, it claimed.
"M&S had a mixed quarter with better Christmas trading in both businesses going some way to offset a weak clothing market in October and ongoing underperformance in our food like-for-like sales", said Chief Executive Steve Rowe. "Price investment before Christmas and a strong performance from seasonal lines helped late trading".