Weekly sales figures to 17 August 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 17 August) published on Tuesday 20 August 2019.

 

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 29
2019-20 £200.20m
2018-19 £205.04m
2017-18 £209.30m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 29 vs 2018-19 -2.4
29 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.9
Week 29 vs 2017-18 -4.3
29 weeks vs 2017-18 0.2

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 29 vs 2018-19 -2.1
29 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.7
Week 29 vs 2017-18 -7.4
29 weeks vs 2017-18 1.0
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 29 Up to
week 29
Ambient  -1.8  -0.8
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
 -1.8  -0.2
Home & general
merchandise
 -7.3  -5.1

'Total sales excluding fuel were down 2.1% compared to the same week last year as the country continued to experience mixed weather. 

Ahead of the first episode of The Great British Bake Off, customers have been practising their own baking skills with sales of home baking products up by 9%. 

Free from products also saw a sales increase of 15%, as shoppers continue to select gluten and dairy-free options. 

Despite the recent gloomy weather, customers have been adding some colour to their homes and gardens with cut flowers and outside horticulture performing well. 

Waitrose & Partners also announced last week that it would be the first UK supermarket to sell pullet eggs. These smaller sized eggs are produced by 'teenage' hens at around 18 weeks old - and are some of the best quality eggs that you can get for cooking.'

Martin George, Partner and Customer Director, Waitrose & Partners

 

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 29 vs 2018-19 -2.8
29 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.4
Week 29 vs 2017-18 1.0
29 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.0
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 29  Up to
week 29
Fashion -4.3 2.6
Electricals
& Home Technology
1.3 -3.5
Home
 
-5.9 -3.7

'Total sales for the week were down 2.8% on the same week last year.

Fashion sales were down 4.3%.  However, Women's Accessories were up 3.1% with premium accessories performing particularly well, up 19%. Within premium accessories, handbags were up 26% and jewellery sales were up 7% compared to last year. 

Home sales were down 5.9% but sales of the House by John Lewis range were up 15%, as students prepare to go to university next month. 

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 1.3%. Vision sales were up 13.8% as new launches inspired customers to upgrade their TVs. Large Electricals were up 6.5%, driven by sales of cooking products. Range cookers were up 20% and single ovens were up 31% with half price installation proving popular. .'   

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