John Lewis sales rose 4.1% last week but the fine weather had contrasting effects at the department store and its sister retailer Waitrose.

John Lewis weekly sales to June 6

The weather prevented sales at the department store giant growing even further, as warmer temperatures towards the end of the week resulted in a “quieter” weekend of trading.

John Lewis said overall sales were up 4.1% to £73.68m for the week ending June 6 as online sales increased 21% year on year.

Outdoor living continued what bosses called a “fine run” as sales jumped 37% compared with the same week last year.

John Lewis brand and buying director Paula Nickolds said it was also a “pleasing” week for fashion. Sales rose 10% on the year, driven by women’s accessories and beauty, which saw a 14% uplift. Sunglasses and sandals also proved popular as shoppers continued to stock up their summer wardrobes.

Waitrose reported the change in weather benefited its sales, which grew 2.2% year on year.

As rain gave way to blue skies towards the end of the week, products associated with summer living flew off the shelves – ice cream sales rose 8% and frozen fruit jumped 26%.

Garden gatherings, barbecues and picnics saw sales of prepared salad bowls rise 43% on the year, as soft fruit saw an 11% uplift and dips and crisps rose 12% and 9% respectively.

Barbecue meat sales over the weekend rocketed 114% compared with the previous week.