Sales at John Lewis stores increased 1.8% year-on-year over the week to May 3, as warm weather boosted footfall.
Sales reached £47.7 million pounds over the period. The healthy performance at the retailer's 26 UK department stores was buoyed by the sunshine and warm weather, and after last month when outwear was a strong performer, summer ranges hit the bestseller list last week.
The retailer said that sales lifted from the previous week and on last year, with lower footfall on Saturday taking the pace out of a stronger start to the week. Thursday was John Lewis' weakest day, with local elections diverting shoppers away.
It was fashion along with the John Lewis technology offer which stole the lead in the battle between the categories. Girlswear sales were up by almost 50%, with dresses selling well. John Lewis own ranges and separates also topped the table.
John Lewis retail director Patrick Lewis said: "As warmer weather takes hold, we're confident our fashion floors will go from strength to strength. Our new ranges are looking exceptionally strong. The men's side always responds a bit later to the new season, but branded casualwear is breaking new ground, and in a few weeks we expect the full summer assortment to gather pace.
Looking ahead, this should be the week for summer assortments to really shine."