Warm weather helped increase sales at department store chain John Lewis last week, with fashion once again outperforming many other categories.
Turnover at John Lewis rose 12% year on year to £50.8m in the week to May 22. On a two-year basis the increase was 14%.
Demand for product such as sandals, dyed linen and sunglasses contributed to a 15% year-on-year increase in fashion sales.
John Lewis said fashion sales for the year to date were up 21% on 2009.
Online sales rose 35.6%. Among the stores, Bluewater and Oxford Street were the leaders, reporting sales rises of 20% and 17% respectively.
The group’s Kingston, Cambridge and Leicester stores also performed strongly.