Weekly sales figures

 

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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 8 December) published on Tuesday 11 December 2018

Partnership

Partnership weekly sales graph

Week 19

2018-19 £291.53m
2017-18 £303.18m
2016-17 £298.67m


Percentage increase

Week 19 vs 2017-18 -3.8
19 weeks vs 2017-18
-0.7
Week 19 vs 2016-17
-2.4
19 weeks vs 2016-17 0.9

Waitrose & Partners

Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 19 vs 2017-18 -2.6
19 weeks vs 2017-18
-0.6
Week 19 vs 2016-17
0.3
19 weeks vs 2016-17 1.1


Total sales excluding fuel were down 2.5%, comparing against the same week last year, which saw more widespread promotional activity.

Christmas orders were higher this year compared to the same period in 2017. And as the big day draws nearer and people prepare for welcoming friends and family members to their homes, turkey foil sales increased by 16% and cheese counter sales were up by 19%. Household cleaning products were up 6%. 

In addition, Waitrose & Partners announced the start of a three year trial on its Leckford Estate with the Small Robot Company this week. The business is developing harvesting robots that aim to increase efficiency and precision, whilst freeing up agricultural workers to perform other important roles.

Martin George,
Partner & Customer Director, Waitrose & Partners 

Category Summary Week 19
Up to week 19
Ambient -3.3 -1.8
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy -1.6 1.1
Home & General Merchandise -5.5 -4.4

 


John Lewis & Partners

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 19 vs 2017-18 -5.1
19 weeks vs 2017-18
-0.9
Week 19 vs 2016-17
-5.0
19 weeks vs 2016-17 0.6


Total sales for the week were down 5.1%, partly due to a reduction in promotional activity compared to the same period last year.

Fashion sales were down 6.8%, with the mild weather continuing to affect cold weather categories. However Womenswear performed well, up 3.7%, driven by customers shopping for the party season.

Home sales were down 7.3%. Christmas tree sales were up 21% and Christmas baubles had a record week, up 19%, as customers prepared their homes for the festive period. Gift Food also performed well, with Hotel Chocolat and Quality Street still very popular.  

Electrical and Home Technology sales were slightly down 0.9% but Small Electrical sales continue to do well as customers bought Dyson Airwraps. Mobile deals and Accessories also performed well.

Maggie Porteous,
Partner & Director Shop Trade, John Lewis & Partners

Buying offices Week 19 up to week 19
Fashion -6.8 1.9
Electricals & Home Technology -0.9 0.0
Home -7.3 -5.3