Weekly sales figures to 27 April 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 27 April) published on Tuesday 30 April 2019.

 

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 13
2019-20 £197.97m
2018-19 £216.00m
2017-18 £214.82m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 13 vs 2018-19 -8.4
13 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.6
Week 13 vs 2017-18 -7.8
13 weeks vs 2017-18 0.4

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 13 vs 2018-19 -10.2
13 weeks vs 2018-19 0.9
Week 13 vs 2017-18 -9.2
13 weeks vs 2017-18 1.7
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 13 Up to
week 13
Ambient -9.4 0.4
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
-10.5 1.7
Home & general
merchandise
-15.3 -3.7

'As expected, sales excluding fuel were 10.1% lower than last year, distorted by the later fall of Easter, which meant that there were six days of trading (due to the closure of many shops on Easter Sunday) compared to a full week last year.

It was a sparkling week for spring cleaning, with all household cleaning products up, including washing up and laundry products. Sales of eco cleaning and laundry products performed particularly well. Bakery also had a boost with an increase in sales of both pancakes and brioche.

Last week saw the launch of our new Scrumptious Summer range - the largest ever summer launch from Waitrose & Partners. The range with 150 new products (200 in total) celebrates treasured recipes and old foodie favourites such as rhubarb and custard, coronation chicken, cheese and pickle, pink lemonade and raspberry trifle.

The latest Beautifully Simple campaign also arrived to inspire customers to cook tasty, everyday meals with a small number of fresh ingredients. The no-fuss recipes and ingredients, which are merchandised together in shops to make it easier for shoppers,  are supported by new TV adverts. The first ad features Beautifully Simple chicken with mango & quinoa.'

Rupert Thomas, Partner & Commercial Director, Waitrose & Partners

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 13 vs 2018-19 -5.3
13 weeks vs 2018-19 -3.1
Week 13 vs 2017-18 -5.7
13 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.7
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 13 Up to
week 13
Fashion -9.5 2.0
Electricals
& Home Technology
1.5 -6.7
Home

-6.8 -5.1

'Total sales for the week were down 5.3% as the majority of our shops were closed on Easter Sunday and warm weather during the bank holiday affected footfall.Fashion sales were down 9.5% as last year we were matching competitor promotional activity.

However areas of Womenswear accessories performed well with customers buying sunglasses and summer shoes. The John Lewis & Partners sunshine yellow trench coat also proved very popular, with sales up 89% on the week before.

Home sales were down 6.8% however Cookware was up 6% as customers enjoyed shopping Easter promotions.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 1.5% with Communication Technology performing particularly well, up 6%, and Small Electrical products also popular, up 15.8% with strong demand for the Dyson Air Wrap.'

Johnathan Marsh, Partner and Buying Director, Home , John Lewis & Partners