The company said that the period was one of its worst trading weeks ever.
Director of selling operations region B Dan Knowles said: "Trade last week was one of the toughest in recent memory, and we will be disappointed to finish the week down on last year. Sunday and Wednesday proved most challenging, while our biggest increase for the week came on Thursday. There is no doubt that the glorious weather most of the country has been experiencing has played a big part, and many parents over half term have been taking advantage of the sun to enjoy the outdoors rather than go shopping."
Womenswear helped boost sales in Cambridge while the Liverpool shop had strong trade in men's casualwear. Sales at London's Oxford Street, the best performing store, were up 10.8%.
According to Knowles, fashion had good increases in both men's and women's wear, although total sales across fashion were up only 0.6%.
John Lewis Direct was buoyed by strong sales of Valentine's Day products.