Weekly sales figures to 28 September 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 28 September) published on Tuesday 1 October 2019.


John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
Week 35
2019-20 £218.86m
2018-19 £212.60m
2017-18 £212.67m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
Week 35 vs 2018-19 2.9
35 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.2
Week 35 vs 2017-18 2.9
35 weeks vs 2017-18 3.3


Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 35 vs 2018-19 -0.3 
35 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.7
Week 35 vs 2017-18 0.4
35 weeks vs 2017-18 6.6
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 35 Up to
week 35
Ambient  0.8  -0.6
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
 -1.0  -0.2
Home & general
 -3.6  -4.8

'Sales for the week excluding fuel were down 0.2% compared to the same week last year.

The cooler weather and scattered showers prompted shoppers to pick up warming comfort foods, with our Ready to Cook options, prepared meals, pizza and pasta doing particularly well. Our customers were also choosing warming drinks, with sales of tea and coffee up 13%.

Last week we launched our new Waitrose & Partners No.1 range, which will see over 200 new and improved products hitting our shelves. The range has been developed with specialist suppliers to ensure that the finest ingredients are used - with a focus on taste - to allow customers to enjoy premium quality food at home. For the first time, the range will also include a variety of wines, ciders and spirits and a top tier range of horticulture.'  

Rupert Thomas, Partner & Commercial Director, Waitrose & Partners


John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 35 vs 2018-19 4.8 
35 weeks vs 2018-19 -2.1
Week 35 vs 2017-18 6.6
35 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.8
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 35 Up to
week 35
Fashion -4.2 1.0
& Home Technology
4.5 -3.5
16.8 -4.2

'Total sales were up 4.8% on the same week last year due to the great customer response to the start of the 20% off promotional Home event, which continues until 6 October. 

Fashion sales were down 4.2%, however Women’s Accessories were up 0.3% and we had our biggest week for sales of umbrellas in four years due to last week’s wet weather. 

Home sales were up 16.8% with strong performances in a number of categories including Furniture, up 24%, and Furniture Accessories, up 23%; Cookshop, up 18%; Lighting, up 29%; and Gifts and Candles, up 14.3%. 

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 4.5% driven by a combination of Apple product sales and strong sales of televisions.'

Craig Inglis, Partner & Customer Director, John Lewis & Partners