Weekly sales figures to 16 February 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 16 February) published on Tuesday 19 February 2019.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
Week 3
2019-20 £206.44m
2018-19 £207.76m
2017-18 £203.33m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
Week 3 vs 2018-19 -0.6
3 weeks vs 2018-19 0.1
Week 3 vs 2017-18 1.5
3 weeks vs 2017-18 1.8


Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 3 vs 2018-19 0.9
3 weeks vs 2018-19 2.2
Week 3 vs 2017-18 4.8
3 weeks vs 2017-18 4.9
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 3 Up to
week 3
Ambient -0.1 1.8
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
2.1 3.2
Home & general
-1.8 -2.8

'Total sales excluding fuel were up 1% compared to the same week last year. 

Love was in the air this week as shoppers looked to treat their loved ones with sales of Valentine's Day flowers up 14%, Valentine's Day cards up 15% and own label chocolates were particularly popular with customers.

Baked goods, including morning goods and hot cross buns were in favour with sales up 19% and 40% respectively as shoppers look forward to Easter.

Those looking for some inspiration for delicious, easy-to-cook meals, can find our latest Beautifully Simple recipes in store and online this week. Customers can also enjoy our Spring Kitchen offer which brings together seasonal ingredients to make your own soups and afternoon tea.'

Ross Avery, Partner & Finance Director, Waitrose & Partners


John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 3 vs 2018-19 -3.4
3 weeks vs 2018-19 -3.7
Week 3 vs 2017-18 -4.1
3 weeks vs 2017-18 -3.4
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 3 Up to
week 3
Fashion 1.2 0.7
& Home Technology
-3.1 -5.4

-7.6 -5.9

'Total sales for the week were down 3.4% on the same week last year.

Fashion sales were up 1.2%. Price matching competitor beauty promotions through our commitment to being never knowingly being undersold drove Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales up 7.2%. Sales of Women’s Accessories were up 10.9%, primarily driven by demand for premium brands.

Home sales were down 7.6%; however we had a record week for Valentine’s Day products with sales up 27% on last year. Upholstery sales were up 39% on last year as customers looked to update their homes.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 3.1% but we saw positive sales of Communications Technology products which were up 2.4%, driven by sales of tablets and computers.'

Simon Coble, Partner & Director, Trade, John Lewis & Partners