Fashion sales at John Lewis were 18.5% ahead of last year for the week ended April 25, as warm weather and sunshine boosted overall trade.
Women’s accessories and beauty were up 27% and womenswear up 21% on the same week in 2014. Swimwear and nightwear posted an increase of 32% and women’s footwear rose 22%.
For the 12 weeks to April 25, fashion sales increased 6.6% on the same period last year.
Total weekly sales for John Lewis reached £73.12m, compared with £72.31m in 2014.
Online sales were up by 10.9% and the Peter Jones store in Sloane Square, London, registered a 13.4% increase. Other stores including Stratford City, Newcastle, Welwyn, Croydon and Cheadle also performed well.