Weekly sales figures to 21 December 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 21 December) published on Tuesday 24 December 2019.
 Our seven week Christmas trading update will be published on 9 January 2020.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 47
2019-20 £381.59m
2018-19 £417.84m
2017-18 £438.49m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 47 vs 2018-19 -8.7 
47 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.4
Week 47 vs 2017-18 -13.0
47 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.2

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 47 vs 2018-19 -11.9
47 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.3
Week 47 vs 2017-18 -22.1
47 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.0
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 47 Up to
week 47
Ambient -9.8 -1.0
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
-13.3 -0.8
Home & general
merchandise
-13.4 -5.8

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.  

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 47 vs 2018-19 -5.1  
47 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.5
Week 47 vs 2017-18 -1.2
47 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.5
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 47 Up to
week 47
Fashion -5.1 1.0
Electricals
& Home Technology
-8.9 -3.4
Home
 
-0.3 -2.5

Total sales for the week were down 5.1% on the same week last year, as we continued to see the effect of a strong Black Friday. Our announcement on Friday that we were extending the deadline for Click & Collect orders to Christmas Eve, at both John Lewis and for the first time 294 Waitrose shops, increased online orders at the end of the week.

Home sales were down 0.3% on the same week last year, but Textiles and Home Accessories were up 7.8% due to customers buying products to prepare their homes for Christmas.  Furniture and Flooring sales were up 4.1% as customers shopped Clearance offers on selected lines. 

Overall Fashion sales were down 5.1% but Womenswear sales were up 3.5%. Over the weekend we price matched a competitor’s  promotion on beauty products. Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 8.9%. Yet we continued to see strong demand for small electrical products being bought for Christmas gifts.