A later than usual Father’s Day (June 21 this year) caused sales at John Lewis to drop 2.2% year on year last week.
Online sales outperformed those in store, rising 8.3%, with particularly strong sales in fashion, though this only edged up 0.1% overall.
The retailer remains confident as gifting and menswear has since picked up with shoppers heading out to find presents this week.
The best performing clothing categories for the week were childrenswear, nursery and haberdashery.
Maggie Porteus, director of selling for north and new formats at John Lewis, said: “The fall of the calendar can sometimes have an impact on our sales figures and that was certainly the case last week.”