Department store chain John Lewis today said demand for fashion ranges helped it exceed last year's weekly sales haul.
The group, which has 26 branches including a flagship store in Solihull, announced revenues of just under £50 million for the week to last Saturday, representing a 0.4% improvement on the same period of 2007.
Retail operations director Patrick Lewis said: "After a slow start, the week picked up well, netting a solid increase over the last four days."
Fashion department sales were ahead 5.7% on a year earlier, but electricals and technology fell 0.6% and home department revenues dipped 4.7%.
Trade via johnlewis.com was up more than a third, helped by a 50% increase in visitors to the website. London's Oxford Street was the strongest performing branch with sales growth of 9.4%, followed by Edinburgh with 4.9%.
Stores at Aberdeen, Newcastle and Reading also recorded sales growth during the second week of the company's summer clearance period.
The opening week saw sales growth of 5.9% as hard-pressed shoppers snapped up bargains. The figure represented a welcome boost for the chain after falls in previous weeks.
At Waitrose, which is the supermarket business of the John Lewis Partnership, sales rose 1.4% to £74.7 million