Weekly sales figures to 23 March 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 23 March) published on Tuesday 26 March 2019.

 

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 8
2019-20 £206.08m
2018-19 £214.65m
2017-18 £208.41m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 8 vs 2018-19 -4.0
8 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.9
Week 8 vs 2017-18 -1.1
8 weeks vs 2017-18 9.3

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 8 vs 2018-19 -0.9
8 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.0
Week 8 vs 2017-18 2.6
8 weeks vs 2017-18 17.9
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 8 Up to
week 8
Ambient -4.3 -1.6
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
2.3 0.3
Home & general
merchandise
-3.7 -7.5

'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

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 8 vs 2018-19 -8.9
8 weeks vs 2018-19 -3.4
Week 8 vs 2017-18 -6.9
8 weeks vs 2017-18 -3.2
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 8 Up to
week 8
Fashion -1.3 1.3
Electricals
& Home Technology
-14.7 -5.6
Home

-11.3 -6.2

'Total sales for the week were down 8.9% as we annualised a week of promotions in the run up to Easter last year.

Fashion sales were down 1.3% on the same week last year, due to the Easter holidays starting later this year. However, sales of own brand swimwear were up 19% compared to last year, following the launch of our new John Lewis & Partners swimwear collection.

Home sales were down 11.3% but the warmer weather saw sales of outdoor living products up 8% on the same week last year.  

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 14.7%, as the same week last year saw new product launches from Apple.'

Jon Williams, Partner and Director, Merchandising Operations, John Lewis & Partners