Weekly sales figures


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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 10 November) published on Tuesday 13 November 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph

Week 15

2018-19 £237.08m
2017-18 £245.19m
2016-17 £247.86m

Percentage increase

Week 15 vs 2017-18 -3.3
15 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 15 vs 2016-17
15 weeks vs 2016-17 0.8


Waitrose & Partners

Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 15 vs 2017-18 0.7
15 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 15 vs 2016-17
15 weeks vs 2016-17 1.4

Total sales excluding fuel were up 0.8% compared to the same week last year.   

Sharing dishes were popular with shoppers, with sales of our World Deli range up 27%, olives and antipasti up 10% and dips up 6%. Cheese was also on the menu, particularly local and regional cheeses which saw sales increase by 106%. 

Root vegetables had a good week too, and last week we announced the launch of two Victorian vegetables to our range - Salsify and Fenland celery - in selected shops. They were favoured in Victorian England due to their versatility, especially during the winter months. 

Last week we launched the first two of our six Christmas TV adverts, each celebrating the important role food plays during the traditions of Christmas. Central to the campaign, called 'Too Good To Wait', is the idea that Christmas is about enjoying great quality food with the people who matter most.

Martin George,
Partner & Customer Director, Waitrose & Partners 

Category Summary Week 15
Up to week 15
Ambient 0.6 -1.4
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy 2.4 1.2
Home & General Merchandise -4.9 -3.7


John Lewis & Partners

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 15 vs 2017-18 -8.3
15 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 15 vs 2016-17
15 weeks vs 2016-17 -0.1

Total sales for the week were down 8.3% due to unseasonably mild weather and the fact we were price matching a competitor this time last year.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 2.8%, but mobile products saw a sales uplift, as did small electrical products and hardware accessories.

Fashion sales were down 11.1% as the mild temperatures impacted cold weather sales. However premium women’s accessories were up 11.0% on last year, with watches and shoes both doing well.

Home sales were down 11.2%, again affected by the weather. However gift food was up 6.3%, with personalised Quality Street tins still proving popular.

Dino Rocos,
Partner & Operations Director, John Lewis & Partners

Buying offices Week 15 up to week 15
Fashion -11.1 1.8
Electricals & Home Technology -2.8 0.4
Home -11.2 -4.8