The John Lewis department store chain reported sales up 7.6% in the week to April 23 and sister grocer Waitrose reported a bumper uplift of 24.4% as the UK baked in the Easter sunshine.
16 of the John Lewis department stores reported positive growth, while 13 reported negative sales.
Sunglasses sales were up 47%, while home reported sales up 14%.
Johnlewis.com reported sales up 33%.
Waitrose reported its biggest ever Easter Saturday, up by 15% on the previous year.
The hot weather saw strong sales of barbecue fare, with meats up 412% on the previous year. Beef burgers were up 454% on the same week in 2010.
Salads were also popular, along with tableware for outside dining. Plastic champagne flutes were up 150%, while napkins were up 100%. It said bunting and union jack serviettes have been “flying off the shelves” for Friday’s Royal Wedding.
Ice cream was up 115%, and strawberries up 70%.
Overall the John Lewis Partnership reported sales up 18.7%.