John Lewis sales rose 3% for the week ending January 24 as shoppers rushed to snap up items in the retailer’s new spring and summer range.

John Lewis weekly sales January 24, 2015

Sales in fashion were up 10% on the week compared with the same time last year, while bosses also noted a “stand-out” performance in sales of toys, which rose 6.4%.

Homewares also produced robust sales, finishing the week up 4.4%. That figure was driven by a 30% rise in beds and mattresses.

Online sales increased 15.9%, accounting for 34% of total sales.

Mark Blundell, head of retail change at John Lewis, said: “As we enter the final week of the trading year, the focus remains on delivering an exceptional customer experience and positive sales growth through a seamless omnichannel proposition.

“This is clearly evidenced through inspirational visual merchandising displays, pop-up shops and online advertising, all providing a fantastic showcase for our new spring/summer season assortments.”

Meanwhile, sister retailer Waitrose reported a 2.7% jump in sales as the cold weather saw shoppers stock up on hearty meals and hot drinks.