Weekly sales figures to 4 May 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 4 May) published on Wednesday 8 May 2019.

 

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 14
2019-20 £214.66m
2018-19 £220.26m
2017-18 £214.57m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 14 vs 2018-19 -2.5
14 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.8
Week 14 vs 2017-18 0.0
14 weeks vs 2017-18 5.2

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 14 vs 2018-19 -2.5
14 weeks vs 2018-19 0.6
Week 14 vs 2017-18 1.1
14 weeks vs 2017-18 9.6
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 14 Up to
week 14
Ambient -0.6 0.4
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
-2.8 1.3
Home & general
merchandise
-9.7 -4.1

'Much cooler temperatures last week compared to the same week in 2018 contributed to sales being 2.4% lower than last year.  However, we saw good growth in a number of categories.

After the Easter holidays, spring cleaning was on the agenda for many customers. Supported by some strong promotional activity, household cleaning sales were up 47% and laundry products were up 18%. 

Our vegetarian and vegan ranges continue to perform well with sales up 78% on last year.    

English and Welsh wines are up 129% on last year, malt whisky was up more than 22% and imported whiskey was up by more than 13%.'

Jo Walmsley, Partner & Personnel Director, Waitrose & Partners

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 14 vs 2018-19 -2.6
14 weeks vs 2018-19 -3.1
Week 14 vs 2017-18 -1.7
14 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.7
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 14 Up to
week 14
Fashion -2.1 1.7
Electricals
& Home Technology
1.7 -6.1
Home

-9.1 -5.4

'Total sales for the week were down 2.6% as we annualised price matching a competitor event last year. However, we had a strong Bank Holiday weekend, with the cooler weather driving footfall to our shops compared to the very hot weather on the same weekend last year.

Fashion sales were down 2.1% as last year we were matching competitor promotional activity. This year, promotional activity in Beauty and Women's Accessories performed particularly well. Home sales were down 9.1%, however performance over the Bank Holiday weekend was much stronger than earlier in the week and particularly good given we were annualising promotional activity and a Partnership Card double points event last year. Bedroom Furniture and Upholstery in particular performed well.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 1.7%. We saw good sales of the newly launched John Lewis & Partners US style Fridge Freezer and of new TV products, including the LG C9 4K Ultra HD Smart TV and pre-orders of the Sony Bravia AG9 Ultra HD Smart Android TV.'

Bérangère Michel, Partner and Operations Director, John Lewis & Partners