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Week 20

2018-19 £335.59m
2017-18 £335.68m
2016-17 £336.95m

Percentage increase

Week 20 vs 2017-18 0.0
20 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 20 vs 2016-17
20 weeks vs 2016-17 0.8

Waitrose & Partners

Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 20 vs 2017-18 -1.9
20 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 20 vs 2016-17
20 weeks vs 2016-17 0.9

Total sales excluding fuel were down 1.9% compared to the same week last year, following a planned decision to reduce promotional activity.

Customers began to stock up for the big day, with sales of panettone up by 12% and mince pies up by 9%. 

Shoppers were also busy getting their homes ready for the holiday. Sales of Christmas trees were up by 16%, Christmas flowers up by 11% and orchids up by 143%. Sales of cleaning products were also on the rise as people start to prepare for visitors -  eco cleaning products, toilet cleaners, disinfectants and kitchen cleaners all sold well.  

Last week we pledged that by Christmas 2020, our own-label cards, wrap, crackers, tags, flowers and plants will either be glitter-free or use an environmentally friendly alternative. Glitter is made up of tiny pieces of plastic, and when washed off, the little bits of plastic can end up in water where they never break down.   

Ben Stimson,
Partner & Retail Director, Waitrose & Partners 

Category Summary Week 20
Up to week 20
Ambient -2.3 -1.9
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy -0.9 1.0
Home & General Merchandise -5.3 -4.5


John Lewis & Partners

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 20 vs 2017-18 1.8
20 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 20 vs 2016-17
20 weeks vs 2016-17 0.7

Total sales for the week were up 1.8% on the same week last year. This was due to customers shopping for gifts and preparing their homes for Christmas, and price matching competitor promotions which launched at the end of the week.

Fashion sales were up 9.3%. Sales were boosted by price matching competitor promotions.  Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales were up 15.7% across the week, and Womenswear and Menswear sales were up 8.5% and 7.2% respectively.

Home sales were down 1.7% overall. Christmas Shop had a good week with sales up 1.1% on last year. Sales of Christmas trees were up 10% and Gift Food continued to have strong sales.  Customers preparing their homes for Christmas increased sales of some home accessories with Lighting sales up 10% on last year.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 4.3%, partly due to annualising competitor promotions which were not repeated this year. Nevertheless, we saw strong sales of mobile phones which were up 34% on the same week last year. We also had strong sales of Dyson Airwraps and smart watches.

Christine Hull,
Partner & Head of Online Product, John Lewis & Partners

Buying offices Week 20 up to week 20
Fashion 9.3 2.6
Electricals & Home Technology -4.3 -0.3
Home -1.7 -5.1