Department store chain John Lewis posted a 14.8% sales increase last week to £50.4m, when sales of fashion were strong.
Despite some bad weather, 21 shops were ahead year-on-year in the week to February 27. Stores in shopping centres, such as Bluewater and Trafford, and in London were among the top performers.
Fashion was up 20% year-on-year and there were also “great results” in beauty, separates and menswear. Online sales rose by 41% - fashion by 121% and home by 55%.
John Lewis head of multichannel Simon Russell, said: “We couldn’t have wished for a better start to 20101.