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Week 16

2018-19 £237.72m
2017-18 £247.58m
2016-17 £245.83m

Percentage increase

Week 16 vs 2017-18 -4.0
16 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 16 vs 2016-17
16 weeks vs 2016-17 0.5


Waitrose & Partners

Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 16 vs 2017-18 -1.6
16 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 16 vs 2016-17
16 weeks vs 2016-17 1.3

Total sales excluding fuel were down 1.5% compared with the equivalent week last year. Popular food and drink included our Christmas bakery products, our speciality beers range, and mixers for drinks. 

On Thursday we launched the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau - always traditionally released on the third Thursday in November. We also launched a new spirit last week - mezcal - on to Waitrose Cellar. Tipped in our Food & Drink Report as the hottest spirits trend of the year, mezcal is the 'parent spirit' of tequila, and is already a popular addition to bar menus in cities across the country.

This week our Evesham shop will open its doors on Thursday in Worcestershire - the store has created 100 jobs in the area, including supermarket assistants and hospitality roles. 

Rupert Thomas,
Commercial Director, Waitrose & Partners 

Category Summary Week 16
Up to week 16
Ambient -3.4 -1.5
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy 1.1 1.3
Home & General Merchandise -8.3 -4.0


John Lewis & Partners

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 16 vs 2017-18 -6.8
16 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 16 vs 2016-17
16 weeks vs 2016-17 -0.6

Total sales for the week were down 6.8% on the same week last year. It was a week of two halves. Early in the week sales continued to be impacted by the mild weather, but they increased significantly at the end of the week as a result of us launching our Christmas advert on Thursday, and a big increase in Black Friday deals on Friday and Saturday, which we price matched.

Fashion sales were down 0.9%. Sales were impacted by the weather but were significantly boosted on the last two days of the week by a combination of price matching and our own beauty offers.

Home sales were down 14.7%.  Sales were impacted by a reduction in competitor offers which meant we did less price matching. The enduring mild weather also impacted sales of warm bedding products such as high tog duvets. However, future orders for curtains and blinds, and furniture and flooring grew by 11% and 4.1% respectively.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 6.3% on the same week last year when we had a phone launch and strong promotions. Sales grew when competitor Black Friday deals launched and we have launched our own Black Friday deals today.  Following the launch of our Christmas advert pianos were the most searched for item on our website, and we sold 100 pianos and keyboards in three days.

Sienne Veit,
Partner & Director, Digital, John Lewis & Partners

Buying offices Week 16 up to week 16
Fashion -0.9 1.6
Electricals & Home Technology -6.3 -0.2
Home -14.7 -5.6