'Sales excluding fuel were 1% lower compared to the same period last year.
With temperatures rising towards the weekend, sales of suncare products increased four-fold. Deli sales were up and soft fruit and stone fruit, including cherries, also performed well.
The Indian summer led to a strong week of sales for beer, wines and ciders, with rose, tequila and boxed wine proving particularly popular in the sunshine.
Waitrose also released The Good Food Guide 2020 which revealed this year's very best places to dine in the UK. 1,200 eateries were listed in the trusted restaurant handbook, from big names to some of the UK's best-kept secrets.'
Wim Van Aalst, Partner & Supply Chain Director, Waitrose & Partners