The John Lewis Partnership has continued its run of growing weekly sales after recording a 0.5 per cent overall increase last week to £214.5 million.
Waitrose was the star performer of the partnership, with the warm bank holiday prompting a 0.8 per cent year-on-year increase in sales.
The upmarket grocer said it was another strong week for wine sales, especially with rosé especially increasing 42 per cent on last year.
Beer and cider also fared well, with sales up four per cent and 11 per cent respectively, and promotional activity saw gin sales shine in spirits and sales of mixers rose by 20 per cent.
A mixed week of weather didn’t deter customers from enjoying the sporadic spells of sunshine with sales of barbecue meat up nine per cent.
Meanwhile, sales at the partnership’s core department store business increased marginally by 0.1 per cent year-on-year.
John Lewis said EHT had a strong week, with sales up 8.9 per cent.
However, its home sales were down 2.4 per cent, and fashion was down by 4.5 per cent overall.
Nonetheless, the retailer’s outdoor living sectioned continued to perform well, with sales for the week up 8.7 per cent, boosted by strong interest in summer and poolside collections.
John Lewis added that promotional activity within cook shop helped sales rise by 6.5 per cent.