The John Lewis Partnership recorded sales of £214 million last week, a 1.4 per cent uptick.

While its eponymous department store arm enjoyed a 3.4 per cent year-on-year sales uplift, Waitrose only had a marginal 0.3 per cent year-on-year increase in sales despite shoppers stocking up ahead of the sunny bank holiday weekend.

Waitrose said sales of houseplants were up 29 per cent compared to last year and sales of flowers up seven per cent.

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The grocer added people had started shopping for Father’s Day with sales of malt whisky up 76 per cent, cognac up 33 per cent and vermouths up 27 per cent, with a number of promotions driving sales across these categories.

Meanwhile at John Lewis, weekly sales in electrical and home technology rose 5.6 per cent year-on-year, boosted by strong demand in vacuum cleaners and TVs as well as an 8.6 per cent rise in communications technology product sales.

Fashion sales were up 3.4 per cent year-on-year, boosted by 12.2 per sales growth in. womenswear accessories and 2.2 per cent growth in own-brand womenswear fashion sales.

Menswear also contributed to John Lewis’ weekly fashion growth, up 9.9 per cent year-on-year, and with summer accessories having its strongest week so far this year with sales up 28 per cent.

John Lewis added that beauty, wellbeing and leisure sales were up 3.7 per cent, while gifts, cook and dine sales were up 5.5 per cent.