Department store retailer John Lewis said it was pleased with the early results of its new Oxford Street refurbishment as weekly sales across Home were propped up by furniture.

The retail mutual said big-ticket furniture lines were up 6.2 per cent across the chain despite overall Home sales rising by just 0.9 per cent in the seven days to 10th October.

Its improvement at its new 90,000sqft Home department at Oxford Street wasn’t enough to make up for weakness in other areas of the store, however, as the London shop declined 9.3 per cent year-on-year.

It wasn’t alone, though, with just four shops making positive headway against year-earlier trading levels, at Exeter, York, Peterborough and its small-format shop at Heathrow Airport.

Total John Lewis sales were flat at £80.6m against the same week in 2014, chiefly because of falling revenue across its Fashion directorate (-3.1pc). Electricals and Home Technology goods sales were up 2.3 per cent.