Total Waitrose sales excluding fuel were 11.9% lower than the same week last year. These figures are heavily skewed by the fall of Christmas, as the 22nd December, which is one of our peak trading days, fell in the equivalent trading week last year - but will be in the following week's figures for 2019.
Gift food and hampers were popular with shoppers. Sales of loose vegetables also did well, and we've increased orders of our six best-selling loose veg lines at Christmas by 75% this year compared to last. Last week, sales of loose sprouts rose 65% and loose carrots rose 27%.
Online orders at Waitrose.com are performing strongly, with a 22% increase in total orders placed to arrive in the week leading up to Christmas day, of which a significant proportion are from new customers.