John Lewis said that fashion sales “stole the show” and rose 16.1% at the department store chain in the week to April 24.
The best performance came from menswear and sports with a 24.1% uplift in the categories. Women’s accessories and beauty notched up a 16.7% increase during the week.
Sales at the department store chain rose a “healthy” 11.4% to £49.45m. Sunday was the strongest day of the week with a 22.6% increase in sales that day.Online sales achieved a “great result”, rising 28.3%, with fashion sales doubling via the channel.
The retailer said its Leicester, Bluewater and Trafford stores achieved the best sales with 24 out of its 28 branches beating last year’s figures.