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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 1 September) published on Tuesday 4 September 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph


Week 5

2018-19 £218.34m
2017-18 £218.49m
2016-17 £214.67m


Percentage increase

Week 5 vs 2017-18 -0.1
5 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 5 vs 2016-17
5 weeks vs 2016-17 2.6



Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 5 vs 2017-18 -3.1
5 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 5 vs 2016-17
5 weeks vs 2016-17 0.7


Total sales excluding fuel were down 3% compared to the same week last year.  

As much of the UK saw cooler temperatures, sales suggested there has been a shift in the foods customers are buying, contrasting with last year's very hot bank holiday weekend when we saw strong sales of hot weather lines.  

Sales of stocks and gravies have increased by 20% and soups are up 14%.  Chicken and lamb sales both saw uplifts, while venison sales were up 38%. Broccoli sales were up 33%, potato sales were up 13% and cauliflower and cabbage sales were both up 22%. Frozen hot desserts were also up 20%. 

Elsewhere, our vegetarian and vegan range remains popular with sales up 62%. 

Loraine Woodhouse,
Finance Director, Waitrose

Category Summary Week 5
Up to week 5
Ambient -5.0 -1.4
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy -0.8 0.8
Home & General Merchandise -5.2 -2.5


John Lewis

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 5 vs 2017-18 4.5
5 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 5 vs 2016-17
5 weeks vs 2016-17 5.8


Total sales for the week were up 4.5% on last year, driven in part by a strong bank holiday performance and new seasonal launches.

Fashion sales were up 11.4%. Sales in womenswear were up 21.7% as customers shopped new pieces for the changing season and womenswear accessories were also up 10.0%.

Home sales were up 2.1% driven by new season sales and our Off to University shop, which continues to do well.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 0.1%, with audio and mobile products performing well.

Today also sees the launch of our new brand name, John Lewis & Partners. This will be unveiled on the facades of five of our London shops and will coincide with the opening of a brand new womenswear floor in our Oxford Street shop.

Johnathan Marsh,
Buying Director, Home, John Lewis

Buying offices Week 5 up to week 5
Fashion 11.4 4.6
Electricals & Home Technology 0.1 2.3
Home 2.1 -3.0