Weekly sales figures to 30 March 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 30 March) published on Tuesday 2 April 2019.

 

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 9
2019-20 £224.08m
2018-19 £252.92m
2017-18 £208.40m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 9 vs 2018-19 -11.4
9 weeks vs 2018-19 -3.1
Week 9 vs 2017-18 7.5
9 weeks vs 2017-18 1.0

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 9 vs 2018-19 -10.0
9 weeks vs 2018-19 -2.1
Week 9 vs 2017-18 7.8
9 weeks vs 2017-18 2.8
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 9 Up to
week 9
Ambient -18.0 -3.8
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
-4.5 -0.3
Home & general
merchandise
-4.9 -7.2

'Total sales excluding fuel were down 9.9% compared to the same week last year. Comparisons are heavily distorted by the earlier fall of Easter last year, which means that we are comparing against Easter week in 2018. 

Mother's Day flowers were up 10% compared to the equivalent week last year. Shoppers also treated their mothers to a variety of other gifts including luxury toiletry gifts and gin. 

With spring well and truly under way and the country enjoying warmer weather, sales of ice cream, ice cubes, salads and soft fruit were also up. 

This week we'll be launching a Hot Cross Bun flavoured Wensleydale cheese on our cheese counters and on Waitrose.com - a perfect way to spice up a cheese board for Easter gatherings.'

 Wim van Aalst, Partner & Supply Chain Director, Waitrose & Partners

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 9 vs 2018-19 -13.7
9 weeks vs 2018-19 -4.8
Week 9 vs 2017-18 7.1
9 weeks vs 2017-18 -2.1
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 9 Up to
week 9
Fashion 3.9 1.6
Electricals
& Home Technology
-25.4 -8.3
Home

-19.7 -8.0

'Total sales for the week were down 13.7% as we annualised strong sales due to the earlier fall of Good Friday and Easter Saturday, colder weather driving footfall into our shops and significant promotional activity in the same week last year. However, this week ended a record fortnight for Mother’s Day gifts which were up 10% on the same two weeks last year.

Fashion sales were up 3.9% driven by customers buying gifts in the run up to Mother’s Day and promotions on beauty products. Sales of Women’s Accessories were up 18.2% with jewellery up 38%.  Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales were up 13.6%.

Home sales were down 19.7% overall but sales of Mother’s Day gifts were up 39.5%  with particularly strong demand for our own brand Find Keep Give gift range, gift food products and Little Botanicals plants. We had our strongest ever week in March for Outdoor Furniture and BBQs with sales up 15% and 9.0% respectively.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 25.4% but we saw strong demand for the new Apple Airpods which went on sale on Thursday, as well as new Dyson products.'

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