The group racked up sales of£104.5 million for the week, with Waitrose growing 16.2 per cent year on year, largely on increased selling space.
Cumulative half-year figures to date paint a less positive picture, with department store sales down year on year by 1.6 per cent. Waitrose's cumulative half-year sales are up 16.7 per cent, bringing group gains to 9.5 per cent for the same period.
The retailer said the department store business enjoyed a lift in footfall, boosted by the cooler weather. Waitrose benefited from sales of seasonal products such as skin care and barbecues. However, it said sales suffered as a result of the ongoing terrorist incidents in central London. The retailer said: 'The further terrorist incidents on Thursday [July 21] caused further disruption to transport, to which partners once again responded admirably.'
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