Weekly sales figures to 19 October 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 19 October) published on Tuesday 22 October 2019.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
Week 38
2019-20 £217.85m
2018-19 £212.06m
2017-18 £213.55m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
Week 38 vs 2018-19 2.7
38 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.7
Week 38 vs 2017-18 2.0
38 weeks vs 2017-18 0.1


Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 38 vs 2018-19 -1.2
38 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.7
Week 38 vs 2017-18 -1.6
38 weeks vs 2017-18 0.4
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 38 Up to
week 38
Ambient  -1.6  -0.6
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
 -0.3  -0.2
Home & general
 -5.5  -4.8

'Total sales excluding fuel were 1.2% lower than the same week last year, with the very wet weather prompting a boost of warming foods such as ready meals. 

Many have been preparing for Halloween parties by stocking up on sweets and pumpkins - our mini munchkins and large carving pumpkins are proving particularly popular this year. And some organised shoppers are already looking further ahead to Christmas, with our festive delivery slots on Waitrose.com and our turkey orders both booking up at a faster rate than this time last year.'  

Wim Van Aalst, Partner & Supply Chain Director, Waitrose & Partners


John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 38 vs 2018-19 8.5
38 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.7
Week 38 vs 2017-18 7.3
38 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.5
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 38 Up to
week 38
Fashion 32.1 2.4
& Home Technology
3.7 -2.7
-13.8 -2.0

'Total sales were up 8.5% on the same week last year as customers shopped promotions across Fashion and Beauty in our shops and online. 

Fashion sales were up 32.1% as customers enjoyed shopping our 20% off promotion and sales of own brand fashion products were up 46.0%. Sales of boots were up 34% due to the wet weather, with hiker and biker styles proving particularly popular.

Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales were also up 25.3% as we price matched a competitor’s promotion.

Sales of Christmas products are on the rise as customers prepare for the festive season early this year, with loose baubles up 20.0% and our unique Quality Street offering proving popular across the country. Toy sales were also up 17.0% as schools broke up for half term.

Home sales were down 13.8%.  However, sales of weighted blankets and duvets were on the rise as customers combatted the cooler weather. 

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 3.7% with new products in the Android and Apple categories in high demand.  We also saw sales of Cooking product up 13%, as customers prepare to host over the festive season.'

Christine Kasoulis, Partner & Buying Director, Fashion, John Lewis & Partners