M&S chief executive Steve Rowe said it had seen revenue grow both in-store and online in the weeks leading up to Christmas while it maintained its full-price stance in a "very promotional market" and did not participate in the Black Friday discount day.
This included a 3.7% rise in LFL sales of fresh food.
This means for the overall 19 week period ending January 6, Tesco's United Kingdom like-for-like sales enjoyed a 2.1 per cent uptick, while its overall sales in the country rose by 2.3 per cent.
The retailer hailed a "strong" third-quarter performance in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, with United Kingdom like-for-like sales up 2.3% in the period and 1.9% over the Christmas trading season.
Like-for-like sales for the United Kingdom and Ireland - which compare performance across the same stores - grew 1.9 per cent in the crucial six-week festive period to 6 January, driven by a rise of 3.4 per cent in food sales.
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"Our trading momentum accelerated across the third quarter and into December, with the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day delivering record sales and volumes in the United Kingdom", chief executiuve Dave Lewis said.
Market research earlier this week named Tesco as one of the festive winners on the British high street in the sales of groceries, but the group said on Thursday its overall results were hit by weak general merchandise and a loss of a key tobacco supplier.
Supermarket Morrisons also had promising financial results.
It said "ongoing under-performance" in its food arm saw sales fall 0.4%.
But Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the partnership which owns the department store chain as well as supermarket Waitrose, admitted that pressure on profit margins had intensified amid rising costs thanks to the pound's Brexit-related weakness, and warned that trading would remain "volatile" for the year ahead.
Shore Capital analyst Clive Black says tobacco sales took 0.5% off United Kingdom and Ireland like-for-like sales over six weeks.