JohnLewisMatMatching competitor activity helped big-ticket lines to strong sales at John Lewis last week with beds a healthy performer.

The department store cooperative said beds were up 29 per cent, thanks to strong mattress sales. Special Buy mattresses sold well, as did branded mattresses, it added.

John Lewis’ branded offer includes Tempur, Silentnight group and Vi-Spring merchandise, though it buys from a large number of suppliers whose products are unbranded too.

Home sales in the seven days to 14th February were up 8 per cent, with Textiles and Carpets rising 9 per cent and Furniture by 11 per cent.

Overall sales across the chain rose 3.4 per cent to £69.6m for the week, though the bulk of its stores declined against year-earlier trade. Online was up 14.1 per cent.