John Lewis sales up 6.9% last week
John Lewis has said the half term school holidays helped it achieve strong trading last week with sales up 6.9%.
Sales in the home category rose by 7.8% as trade was boosted by good performances in 'big ticket' items. Furniture led the way with growth in both upholstery and beds.
Electricals and home technology sales climbed by 11.1% driven by Microsoft products and television soundbars.
Meanwhile, the fashion category posted a 1.9% increase, with beauty and menswear among the top performers.
Mark Blundell, head of retail development at John Lewis, said: “In the week ahead, our shops and online channels continue to showcase the new spring and summer season assortments and with Mother's Day a week away, there are plenty of reasons to be positive.”