LONDON (ShareCast) - John Lewis on Friday reported a 26.7 per cent surge in sales boosted by Easter shopping.
The department store chain posted a £218.78m in sales for the nine weeks to March 30th, compared £172.66 the previous year.
The results were higher despite an unseasonably cold spring which impacted the group's sales mix as shoppers steered clear of the summer fashion ranges.
However, homewares such as cookery, dining and electrical items wielded strong sales.
"The coldest March in 50 years continues to have a dramatic effect on our sales pattern for this time of year when compared to the warmer weather last year," Head (Other OTC: HEDYY - news) of Merchandising Susan Young told the Scotsman.
"However, the varied assortment that we offer provides customers with choices to suit every eventuality, and this has led to a strong performance...".
John Lewis has recently been at the forefront of the UK's high street retailers largely due to growth in its shopping website.