John Lewis sales jumped 4.4% to £83.4m last week as “seasonal weather” drove up fashion performance and online gained further traction.

John lewis weekly sales to october 17

John lewis weekly sales to October 17

The department store group said overall fashion sales rose 5.8% during the week ending October 17, with womenswear jumping 10.4%.

Cooler weather also helped menswear ranges fly off the shelves as own-label clothing reported a 16.6% increase in sales. Branded casualwear increased 14.8% and formalwear sales rose 10.3% during the period.

John Lewis’s online business continued to grow as revenue surged 13.1% during the week, while its communication technology and electricals categories reported 6.3% and 4.6% growth respectively.

The retailer’s home department recorded a 2.6% increase in sales, with textiles and carpets up 6.8%. Home accessories and gifts had a 3% uplift thanks to new season collections and Christmas ranges.

The fast-approaching festive season also has a positive impact at sister retailer Waitrose, where sales edged up 1.1% to £121.9m last week.

Despite 10 weeks still remaining until Christmas, shoppers stocked up on seasonal treats as sales of all butter mince pies soared 41%.

Pumpkin sales rose 7% on the year as customers prepared for Halloween.