Weekly sales figures


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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 11 August) published on Tuesday 14 August 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph


Week 2

2018-19 £199.64m
2017-18 £199.01m
2016-17 £194.35m


Percentage increase

Week 2 vs 2017-18 0.3
2 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 2 vs 2016-17
2 weeks vs 2016-17 3.9



Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 2 vs 2017-18 1.6
2 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 2 vs 2016-17
2 weeks vs 2016-17 4.1

Divisional sales excluding fuel were up 1.6% compared to the same week last year. 

Shoppers getting ready for their summer breaks stocked up on suncare, which saw sales rise by 75%, and travel products which saw an 88% increase. Self-tan products were also popular, with sales up 38% compared to last year. 

Beer, ciders and spirits continued to do well too. Sales of cider were up by 23%, beer by 16%, and gin by 22%.

This week customers can enjoy a taste of Italy with 20% off selected Italian food, including pasta, cured meats, antipasto and Italian wine and beer. 

Ben Stimson,
Retail Director, Waitrose

Category Summary Week 2
Up to week 2
Ambient 0.8 2.2
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy 2.9 3.4
Home & General Merchandise -5.2 -2.5


John Lewis

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 2 vs 2017-18 -1.8
2 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 2 vs 2016-17
2 weeks vs 2016-17 3.7


Total sales for the week were down 1.8% on the same week last year.  The hot weather in the first part of the week continued to impact trade.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 0.9%.  Communications Technology products were up 8.8%, mainly due to pre-order sales of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 tablet and strong sales of smart watches.  Sales of vacuum cleaners were up 47% on the same period last year.

Fashion sales were up 0.7%. Womenswear had a stand out performance with sales up 7.3%.  Own brand womenswear sales were up 4.5%. Our womenswear brand Kin saw the strongest growth with sales up 67%.

Home sales were down 7.0%. However, customers have begun to buy new autumn winter products. Our new season own brand House range is proving popular with sales of the brand up 19% on the same week last year. In Gifts, Cook and Dine, outdoor cooking and party products continue to perform well, along with outdoor furniture where sales were up 18%.

Simon Coble,
Trading Director, John Lewis

Buying offices Week 2 up to week 2
Fashion 0.7 -1.1
Electricals & Home Technology 0.9 2.6
Home -6.7 -7.0