John Lewis sales up 4.2% last week
Electricals and home technology sales increased by 7.4% with communication technology the star performer.
Fashion sales were 2% up on last year although high summer lines struggled due to the weather. Menswear had a good week with sales rising by 6.2% driven by buoyant sales in men's formalwear.
Meanwhile, sales in the home category edged up 3.7% helped by a 7% increase in sales of home accessories and gifts. Furniture also had a good week with sales rising by 7.1% year-on-year.
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