Weekly sales figures


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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 12 May) published on Tuesday 15 May 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph


Week 15

2018-19 £209.59m
2017-18 £202.35m
2016-17 £201.01m


Percentage increase

Week 15 vs 2017-18 3.6
15 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 15 vs 2016-17
15 weeks vs 2016-17 3.0



Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 15 vs 2017-18 3.7
15 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 15 vs 2016-17
15 weeks vs 2016-17 3.2

Total sales excluding fuel were up 3.8% on last year as the sunshine and warmer temperatures enjoyed by many in the early part of the week influenced what customers bought across our shops.

The week saw our biggest sales of ice cream this year, up 55% compared to the same week in 2017. Barbecue meat sales continue to build too, up 28% with sales of Waitrose Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers, up 147%, essential Waitrose Beef Burgers, up 71%, and essential Waitrose Lamb Burgers, up 179%, among the stand out performers.

Prepared salads sales increased by more than 22%, tomatoes were up by more than 16% and avocados by more than 14%. Fruit sales also had an outstanding week. Strawberries sales were up 38%, melons up 26%,  mangoes up 41% and figs were up 138%. Lemons and limes were also up, 22% and 38%, respectively.

Our 'beautifully simple' campaign, where we have created easy-to-make recipes using delicious ingredients has helped to drive sales as well. The featured recipe last week for Stuffed sea bass, chorizo, potatoes and peas saw sales of Charlotte potatoes grow by 54%, Cooks' Ingredients Chorizo sales increase by 116% and pre-packed fish sales rise by 11%.

Jo Walmsley
Personnel Director, Waitrose

Category Summary Week 15
Up to week 15
Ambient 3.4 2.8
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy 3.9 -0.5
Home & General Merchandise 9.9 0.5


John Lewis

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 15 vs 2017-18 3.3
15 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 15 vs 2016-17
15 weeks vs 2016-17 2.7


Total sales for the week were up 3.3% on last year, mainly due to customers buying products for the warm weather.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 8.5%.  The standout areas driving sales were fans, bought by customers wanting to stay cool,  and televisions bought by customers preparing to watch the World Cup.

Fashion sales were up 7.4%. Sales of menswear were up 10.4% and sales of womenswear were up 9.3% as customers bought clothing for the warmer weather and took advantage of price matches on competitor promotions. We had a record week for linen garments which saw sales +108% on the same week last year.

Home sales were down 5.4%. However, we saw very strong sales of royal wedding memorabilia and expect that to continue this week as customers prepare to celebrate the royal wedding. Outdoor furniture continues to perform well.

Dino Rocos
Operations Director, John Lewis

Buying offices Week 15 up to week 15
Fashion 7.4 1.8
Electricals & Home Technology 8.5 5.8
Home -5.4 -2.7