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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 18 August) published on Tuesday 21 August 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph


Week 3

2018-19 £204.75m
2017-18 £203.39m
2016-17 £198.41m


Percentage increase

Week 3 vs 2017-18 0.7
3 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 3 vs 2016-17
3 weeks vs 2016-17 3.7



Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 3 vs 2017-18 -1.3
3 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 3 vs 2016-17
3 weeks vs 2016-17 2.5

Divisional sales excluding fuel were down 1.1% compared to the same week last year.  Customers turned to cooler weather options as the summer sunshine begins to wane; sales of slow-cooked meat dishes rose by 14% and Italian ready meals, which are part of the Taste of Italy showcase, increased by 18%.

Vegan products continue to thrive as sales rose by 70%, with dairy free drinks also seeing strong sales, up 31%. 

The cheese counter was a destination for shoppers last week, with sales up 9.5%, and World Deli, a range of sharing dishes from around the globe, saw a sales increase of 11%. 

Jo Walmsley,
Personnel Director, Waitrose

Category Summary Week 3
Up to week 3
Ambient -2.7 0.6
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy 0.0 2.2
Home & General Merchandise -0.8 -1.9


John Lewis

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 3 vs 2017-18 3.9
3 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 3 vs 2016-17
3 weeks vs 2016-17 5.7


Total sales for the week were up 3.9% on last year. The cooler weather positively impacted sales as customers enjoyed buying new season items.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 7.7%. Back to School promotions contributed positively to Communications Technology products increasing sales by 12.9% compared to the same week last year. Electrical products were also up due to strong demand for vacuum cleaners.

Fashion sales were up 4.3%. Womenswear had a good week with sales up 6.3%. Sales of Menswear was up 5.7%. Childrenswear, Nursery and Haberdashery sales were up 7.5%.

Home sales were down 1.1%. However, Gifts, Cook & Dine sales were up 3.6%, with hydration products such as water bottles proving popular with sales up 37%. Our new season own brand House range continues to do well with sales up 27% compared to the same week last year.

Sienne Veit,
Digital Director, John Lewis

Buying offices Week 3 up to week 3
Fashion 4.3 0.7
Electricals & Home Technology 7.7 4.3
Home -1.1 -5.1