John Lewis Partnership cashed in on Mother’s Day last weekend, posting a 13.2 per cent rise in year-on-year sales to £228.24.
Waitrose saw sales jump 14.3 per cent as families took to the supermarket to stock up on supplies following the recent spell of snow, which left many areas of the country shut off.
It also saw sales of flowers and boxed chocolates rising 114 and 51 per cent respectively, thanks to Mother’s Day falling on a different week this year.
Meanwhile, John Lewis saw total sales rise 11.6 per cent during the week, though on a six-week basis sales dropped 0.4 per cent compared to last year.
The department store also enjoyed a boost from Mother’s Day, with gifting, cook and dine rising 35.2 per cent and fragrance rising 62 per cent year-on-year.
This follows last week’s announcement that full-year profits before partnership bonus, tax and exceptional items dropped 21.9 per cent to £289.2 million.
Waitrose’s poor performance was largely attributed to the falling profits.