Weekly sales figures to 9 November 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 9 November) published on Tuesday 12 November 2019.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 41
2019-20 £234.47m
2018-19 £237.50m
2017-18 £245.17m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 41 vs 2018-19 -1.3
41 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.9
Week 41 vs 2017-18 -4.4
41 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.3

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 41 vs 2018-19 -0.5
41 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.8
Week 41 vs 2017-18 0.4
41 weeks vs 2017-18 0.4
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 41 Up to
week 41
Ambient 1.5 -0.7
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
0.6 -0.2
Home & general
merchandise
-15.4 -5.2

'Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.5% compared to the same week last year.
This week saw a sharp rise in demand for comfort foods as temperatures lowered. Gravy and stock were up by 7% compared to last year, with speciality veg, pork and poultry also showing strong increases. Waitrose & Partners No. 1 premium ready meals also rose by 4%, and cakes and treat tubs also increased by 5%. Entertaining was up by 56%. 

This week, Waitrose & Partners joined forces with John Lewis & Partners to launch a new scheme that enables multilingual Partners to wear badges identifying the other languages they speak. Waitrose has also started to sell coffee logs this week, which are made from the grounds of approximately 25 cups of coffee and better for the environment than wood alternatives.'  

 Jo Walmsley, Partner & Personnel Director, Waitrose & Partners

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 41 vs 2018-19 -2.3
41 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.2
Week 41 vs 2017-18 -10.4
41 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.3
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 41 Up to
week 41
Fashion 2.4 1.7
Electricals
& Home Technology
-7.0 -3.0
Home
 
-3.1 -2.9

'Total sales were down 2.3% on the same week last year but customers enjoyed shopping promotions across lighting, fashion and beauty. 

Fashion sales were up 2.4%. Beauty, Wellbeing & Leisure sales were up 11.6% as we price matched competitor promotions across these categories.  Last week saw the launch of our 12 days of Christmas Dresses which was our best performing category in Womenswear, with the Hush dress proving particularly popular with customers.

Home sales were down 3.1%. However, lighting sales were up 21% as customers prepared their homes for winter evenings and shopped promotions in this area.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 7.0% as we annualised new product launches.  Small electrical sales were driven by a rise in demand for floorcare products, with sales up 30% on the same week last year.' 

Maggie Porteous, Partner & Shop Trade Director at John Lewis & Partners