Weekly sales figures to 2 March 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 2 March) published on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

 

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 5
2019-20 £207.16m
2018-19 £198.21m
2017-18 £208.66m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 5 vs 2018-19 4.5
5 weeks vs 2018-19 0.0
Week 5 vs 2017-18 -0.7
5 weeks vs 2017-18 0.5

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 5 vs 2018-19 0.9
5 weeks vs 2018-19 0.6
Week 5 vs 2017-18 1.7
5 weeks vs 2017-18 3.1
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 5 Up to
week 5
Ambient 0.1 0.1
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
1.8 1.6
Home & general
merchandise
-1.7 -4.1

'Total sales excluding fuel were 0.9%  higher compared to the same period last year. 

As shoppers enjoyed spring-like weather, sales of soft fruits, salads and prepared veg were up, as were sales of deli food. With Pancake Day arriving later than usual this year, customers have also been stocking up on maple syrup.

Easter sales are performing strongly, including the return of the Waitrose Chocolate Avocado Easter egg which was a top seller again last week. 

Waitrose & Partners also announced it was introducing an innovative home compostable bag for its Waitrose Duchy Organic bananas, the first of the retailer’s fresh produce to be sold in a home compostable bag. The move to the bag, made with non-GM corn, will save an estimated 18 tonnes of plastic per year. The bag can be home composted, or reused first as a food caddy liner at home before being home composted.'

Martin George, Partner & Customer Director, Waitrose & Partners

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 5 vs 2018-19 11.4
5 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.1
Week 5 vs 2017-18 -4.6
5 weeks vs 2017-18 -3.9
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 5 Up to
week 5
Fashion 23.3 5.2
Electricals
& Home Technology
5.0 -3.8
Home

5.2 -4.6

'Total sales for the week were up 11.4% on the same week last year.  We saw positive sales across all categories, driven by the warmer weather, price matching competitors through our Never Knowingly Undersold promise and annualising a slower week of sales due to last year’s “Beast from the East”.

Fashion sales were up 23.3%.  New season clothing was up 17% as customers were refreshing their wardrobes due to the unseasonably warm weather.   Price matching competitors through our Never Knowingly Undersold promise saw Beauty sales up 37.8%.

Home sales were up 5.2%. Mother’s Day gifting sales were up 22% and bath shop product sales grew by 15.9% on the same week last year. Demand for new furniture grew sales in this category by 12%.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 5.0%.  Sales of wearable technology products were up 10% and headphone sales grew 39%.'

Berangere Michel, Partner & Operations Director, John Lewis & Partners