John Lewis department store sales slipped last week due to low demand in its home category.
Home sales fell 6.9% in the seven days to February 3, driving down the performance of the entire department store, which slipped 0.2%.
The retailer said continuing shopper interest in TVs and smart speakers prompted an uptick of 4.1% in electricals.
Fashion performed strongly, it said, thanks to beauty, wellbeing and leisure sales jumping 9.5% year on year.
John Lewis also highlighted a 53% spike in its private clothing label Kin.
Overall fashion sales rose 2.3%.
Sales at upmarket grocer Waitrose grew 1.6% year on year last week, with Valentine’s Day shopping cited as the main driver.
The grocer hailed a strong week in gifts and Champagne ahead of the holiday, as well as blossoming sales in indoor plants – up 40%.
Across the partnership, sales edged up 0.9% year on year to £198m.