'Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.8% compared to the same week last year, with comparisons distorted by the earlier fall of Easter last year.
Sales of soft fruit and salads increased by 18% and 6% respectively, as the country enjoyed the spring weather. The sunshine also meant that beers and mixers had a strong week along with sales of ice cream, which were up 12%.
The popularity of the vegan and vegetarian range at Waitrose & Partners continues, as sales rose by 68% last week.
Fun Easter confectionery products that aren't quite as they seem, including the much-loved Avocado Egg and the Heston from Waitrose Chocolate Scotch Egg, are still proving extremely popular with shoppers.'
Ben Stimson, Partner & Retail Director Waitrose & Partners