The department store business unveiled its best ever figures for the first full week of clearance, as sales jumped 11.2 per cent to£62.35 million. Online sales also rocketed 54 per cent.
John Lewis personnel director Eric Gregory said: 'This was down to outstanding teamwork, focused on maximising sales from a compelling offer. Sales were especially strong in the early part of the week, with customers enjoying a bout of warmer weather and top sporting events at the tail end of the week.'
However, it was another challenging week for the Waitrose supermarket chain, which reported sluggish sales - up just 1.5 per cent to£74.5 million - as it was affected by the poor weather.