• Sales up 15.7% to £85.9m at John Lewis in the week to January 16
  • Waitrose sales remained flat over the week
  • Electricals and home technology was the star-performer at John Lewis with sales soaring 19.7%
  • Fashion sales grew 16.2% and home ended the week up 11.9% on last year

A combination of the frosty weather and the final throes of John Lewis’ January Sale helped revenue surge 15.7% to £85.9m last week.

John Lewis weekly sales to January 16 2016

John Lewis weekly sales to January 16 2016

John Lewis weekly sales to January 16, 2016

The electricals and home technology category was John Lewis’ star performer in the week to January 16 with sales jumping 19.7% year on year.

Fashion sales surged 16.2% as customers bought both Sale and new season lines.

Its home division also notched up double-digit growth with sales up 11.9%. John Lewis director of selling David Barford said furniture had performed especially well over the week.

Barford said its shops had a particularly strong week with Ashford, Poole, Peterborough, Stratford and Glasgow standout performers. However, online sales continued to surge, recording a 30.8% uplift year on year.

Waitrose trading

Meanwhile, sales at sister grocery chain Waitrose remained flat over the week.

Both ambient and meat, fish, frozen and dairy sales dipped 1.3%. However, the home and leisure category had a stellar week with sales up 11.7%

Waitrose’s premium range of ready meals performed well as shoppers opted to eat “restaurant-quality” meals at home. Favourites, including cottage pie, beef bourguignon and fish pie, were all up by 19%, while sales of shepherd’s pie and lasagne grew 37% and 41% respectively.

Customers also purchased lines associated with more affordable luxury dining. Shellfish sales surged 37%, exotic fish sales grew 19% and caviar sales increased 29% as customers pushed the boat out.

The colder weather led to shoppers seeking out warming British dishes. Sales of Waitrose chicken pie surged more than 50% while its Aberdeen Angus steak and ale pie jumped more than 15%.