Weekly sales figures to 2 November 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 2 November) published on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 40
2019-20 £223.67m
2018-19 £240.19m
2017-18 £237.13m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 40 vs 2018-19 -6.9
40 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.9
Week 40 vs 2017-18 -5.7
40 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.2

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 40 vs 2018-19 -4.2
40 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.8
Week 40 vs 2017-18 -3.0
40 weeks vs 2017-18 0.3
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 40 Up to
week 40
Ambient  -5.4  -0.7
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
 -0.8  -0.2
Home & general
merchandise
 -8.8  -4.9

'Total sales excluding fuel were down 4.2% compared to the same week last year. Last week's wet weather impacted sales, as well as promotional activity running on different weeks year-on-year. 

Bacon butties were on the menu for the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday morning, with sales of bacon up 7%. Halloween celebrations were also in full swing, with Halloween treats up 10% and themed cut flowers proving particularly popular. 

Organised shoppers are getting ready for Christmas, with turkey orders up 58% compared to last year, and sales of Christmas gifts also doing well.'  

Rupert Thomas, Partner & Commercial Director, Waitrose & Partners

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 40 vs 2018-19 -10.4
40 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.2
Week 40 vs 2017-18 -9.2
40 weeks vs 2017-18  -1.0
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 40 Up to
week 40
Fashion -16.6 1.7
Electricals
& Home Technology
-2.5 -2.8
Home
 
-14.1 -2.9

'Total sales were down 10.4% on the same week last year as we annualised against competitor promotions. 

Fashion sales were down 16.6%, however sales of beauty and premium accessories were up as customers shopped promotions across these categories. 

Home sales were down 14.1%.  However, customers are decorating their homes and preparing for Christmas earlier than ever with Christmas Shop sales up 22.1%.  We have also seen an increase in sales of “experience” gifts, which are up 92.0% compared to last year. 

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 2.5%. We did however see the wet weather drive laundry sales, up 5.0%, and the upcoming festive period has boosted sales of cooking appliances, which were up 6.0%.'

Craig Inglis, Partner & Customer Director, John Lewis & Partners