Pent up demand following snowy weather helped lift sales at department store chain John Lewis by 15.7% to £51.2m in the week to January 23.
John Lewis Region B selling operations director David Barford said: “Trade was helped by the snow finally melting away. This gave us a buoyant start to the week which carried on through the week as milder conditions stayed with us.”
He said there had been a continued “healthy sell-through rate” of clearance stock and shoppers were also keen to buy new season’s lines.
Fashion sales were up 21.3% year-on-year. Children’s and womenswear were the best performing categories, up 24.5% and 24.3% respectively.
The retailer’s online sales rose 39.9% versus last year.