John Lewis’ Home sales advanced double-digit last week, buoyed by lower-ticket categories selling well in the run-up to Mother’s Day.

Seven-day sales to 5th March climbed 7.7 per cent to £78.2m across the chain with the Home directorate up by 11.7 per cent, outscoring Fashion (+9.8pc) and Electricals and Home Technology (+2.3pc).

“Gifting was one of the star performers,” said merchandising operations director Jon Williams.

He added: “Cooking and Dining also saw positive growth — up 14.2 per cent — with roasting products up 54 per cent as people enjoyed a traditional Sunday Roast on Mother's Day.”