Weekly sales figures to 4 January 2020

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 4 January) published on Tuesday 7 January 2020.
 Our seven week Christmas trading update will be published on 9 January 2020.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 49
2019-20 £242.04m
2018-19 £237.81m
2017-18 £218.07m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 49 vs 2018-19 1.8
49 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.1
Week 49 vs 2017-18 11.0
49 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.5

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 49 vs 2018-19 0.5
49 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.8
Week 49 vs 2017-18 7.8
49 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.1
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 49 Up to
week 49
Ambient 1.1 -0.5
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
0.4 -0.4
Home & general
merchandise
-6.3 -5.5

'Total Waitrose & Partners sales excluding fuel were 0.5% higher than the same week last year.  A full picture of our Christmas sales will be given when we report our Christmas trading figures on Thursday (January 9).

Customers were in celebratory mood ahead of the new year with sales of Champagne and sparkling wines up 25% and 24% respectively than last year. Wines were up 13% overall with English wines performing particularly well, up 175% on the year before. 

Low and non alcohol drinks were also popular as we moved into the new year and some customers opted for 'Dry January' with sales up 27% on last year. 

Party food and deli sales were both up significantly, whilst sales of  pies, pasties, and dips were up 11%.'

Rupert Thomas, Partner & Commercial Director, Waitrose & Partners 

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 49 vs 2018-19  3.3 
49 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.5
Week 49 vs 2017-18 14.9
49 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.1
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 49 Up to
week 49
Fashion 6.4 1.2
Electricals
& Home Technology
4.4 -3.5
Home
 
-0.5 -2.5

'Total sales were up 3.3% on last year in what was the first full week of Clearance.  
Fashion sales were up 6.4%, with Womenswear up 10.0% and Womenswear Accessories up 22.6%. Sales of Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure were up 4.3% and Menswear sales were up 2.5%.

Home sales were down 0.5%. However, Textiles & Home Accessories sales were up 3.4% and sales across Gifts, Cook & Dine were up 3.4% as customers enjoyed shopping for strong Clearance offers across Cookware and Tabletop. 

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 4.4%. Communications Technology sales were up 0.4% and sales of Electricals were up 6.8% as customers shopped for Personal Care and Smart Home products.'

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