John Lewis enjoys strong Easter sales

(Source: Reuters)

John Lewis enjoyed strong sales last week as the Easter season saw shoppers indulge in technology, and the firm enjoyed record sales for cooking and dining products. Over the late Easter the employee-owned company 's store sales totalled £76.6m in the week to 30 March.

Home sales rose by 22.5 per cent and electrical and home technology department by 46.7 per cent. Poor weather saw online sales increase by 14.6 per cent but resulted in limited fashion sales growth of only 4.6 per cent.

Howard Archer, chief economist at IHS Global Insight:

The impressive John Lewis performance gives a lift to hopes that retail sales held up reasonably well in March after jumping in February.