Weekly sales figures to 14 December 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 14 December) published on Tuesday 17 December 2019.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 46
2019-20 £309.69m
2018-19 £335.97m
2017-18 £335.68m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 46 vs 2018-19 -7.8 
46 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.1
Week 46 vs 2017-18 -7.7
46 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.7

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 46 vs 2018-19 -3.4
46 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.9
Week 46 vs 2017-18 -5.0
46 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.1
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 46 Up to
week 46
Ambient -1.6 -0.7
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
-3.2 -0.4
Home & general
merchandise
-12.5 -5.4

'Total sales excluding fuel for the week were 3.4% lower than last year. While the wet weather didn't create an overly festive atmosphere, shoppers have still been getting prepared for the big day.

Popular Christmas products included party food, tins of biscuits and seasonal confectionery. Our Waitrose Entertaining online party and meat ordering service saw sales up by 18% for the week.

Our range of wines saw strong sales for the week, and was boosted by our popular 10 at £10 fine wines promotion. Also particularly popular was mulled wine, and our range of no and low alcohol wines.'  

 Jo Walmsley, Partner & Personnel Director, Waitrose & Partners

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 46 vs 2018-19 -11.9  
46 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.3
Week 46 vs 2017-18 -10.3
46 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.5
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 46 Up to
week 46
Fashion -13.3 1.3
Electricals
& Home Technology
-14.7 -3.2
Home
 
-6.3 -2.5

'Total sales for the week were down 11.9% as we saw a more subdued week following a successful Black Friday. However, we hosted my JL customer shopping events across 48 shops and saw strong demand from customers, with sales up 17.2% and footfall up 16%, compared to last year’s events.

Fashion sales were down 13.3% however, sales of cashmere were up 6% as customers layered up against the colder weather. 

Home sales were down 6.3% however sales of bedroom products were up 17% and furniture was up 53% as customers prepared their homes for guests over the festive period. Experiences sales were up 173% as customers enjoyed shopped for personalised Kit Kats and Fever Tree crackers, with Fever Tree sales up 90%.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 14.7%. However, Small Electrical sales were up 7% driven by Personal Care products as customers purchased Christmas gifts for loved ones.'

Christine Kasoulis, Partner & Director, Fashion, John Lewis & Partners