Sales at department store group John Lewis edged up 0.2% in the week to July 6, thanks to last week’s sunny weather and major sporting events such as Wimbledon.

John Lewis sales week ending July 6, 2013

Electricals and home technology sales jumped 7.3% year on year, driven by small electricals, which were up 26%. Customers rushed to buy cooling products, with sales up 300%, and outdoor living products, which experienced sales growth of 66%.  

However, sales in the home category dropped 3% while fashion sales slipped 1.7%.

John Lewis said the week started out stronger than it ended, with footfall falling on Saturday.

The sunny weather caused sales of sunglasses to rise 174% compared with the same week last year, while women’s sandals and suncare also experienced strong growth.

During the week online sales surged 16%.

John Lewis buying director for fashion Matthew McCormack pointed out that its Chester, Cambridge and Watford stores all delivered “good growth”.

He added: “As we head into the final week of clearance, the division is ahead of plan and making way for new trans-seasonal deliveries.”

The summer weather and sporting events led to sister grocer Waitrose reporting its strongest sales performance outside of Christmas and Easter, with sales up 16.8%.

The sunshine led to record demand for charcoal, with sales surging 450%, and BBQ accessories were up 500%.

Customers snapped up plenty of Pimm’s as sales surged 316%, while strawberries and cream were up 60% and 70% respectively.

The Murray effect also came into play with sales of swingball sets up 596% compared with the start of Wimbledon.