The department store group’s customer director Craig Inglis said: “Summer Clearance continued to perform well and price-matching competitors’ promotions drove sales in shops and online.
“Home sales were down 0.9%. However, last week’s warm weather boosted sales of Outdoor Living [products] which were up 9%, while picnic products were up 8% and low tog duvets were up 17%.
“Electrical and home technology sales were up 5.8%. Sales of our own-brand Environmental Care product range, which includes indoor and handheld fans, were up 108% compared with the same week last year. Android sales were also up 26% as we launched the OnePlus 7 Pro [Android smartphone] last week.
“Fashion sales were up 7.6%, driven by beauty sales which were up 19.8% due to price-matching competitor activity. Own-brand menswear sales were up 12%, driven by sales of formal blazers and smart jackets which were up 85% compared with last year.”