Weekly sales figures to 23 November 2019

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Partnership trading results for last week (to 23 November) published on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 43
2019-20 £272.20m
2018-19 £380.03m
2017-18 £351.37m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 43 vs 2018-19 -28.4
43 weeks vs 2018-19 -2.0
Week 43 vs 2017-18 -22.5
43 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.3

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 43 vs 2018-19 -1.3
43 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.7
Week 43 vs 2017-18 -2.6
43 weeks vs 2017-18 0.3
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 43 Up to
week 43
Ambient -1.2 -0.6
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
-1.9 -0.2
Home & general
merchandise
7.7 -4.9

'Total sales excluding fuel were down 1.3% compared to the same week last year.

Customers are already entering into the Christmas spirit and preparing for lots of feasting with Christmas baking products doing well. Customers are also getting ready to host friends and family over the festive period as party food was up 13% and turkey orders up 35%.  

Our Excitable Edgar merchandise is still proving popular amongst our customers, with the book, cupcakes and gingerbread biscuits all still selling well.

With the cold weather setting in, customers looked for comforting food with sales of premium ready meals up 5.8%.

This week Waitrose & Partners joined forces with John Lewis & Partners to launch a trial in Lincoln to give shoppers more access to the products and services of the John Lewis Partnership, through Parter-led events.  Experiences include barista workshops, fashion and style talks, photography courses and wine tastings.'  

Wim Van Aalst, Partner & Supply Chain Director, Waitrose & Partners

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 43 vs 2018-19 -43.3
43 weeks vs 2018-19 -4.0
Week 43 vs 2017-18 -35.5
43 weeks vs 2017-18 -3.5
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 43 Up to
week 43
Fashion -42.4 -1.3
Electricals
& Home Technology
-55.9 -7.7
Home
 
-14.7 -3.2

'Total sales were down 43.3% but our performance exceeded expectations with the scheduled launch of Black Friday deals towards the end of the week. Sales were up 30% compared to the week before Black Friday last year, which fell earlier in the month of November.

We have launched hundreds of Black Friday deals across a range of categories, including technology, home, nursery, fragrance and toys and we are already seeing positive pick up of these deals. For the Black Friday period, John Lewis is also lowering thousands of prices of individual products to match high street competitors’ deals as part of our Never Knowingly Undersold price promise.

Fashion sales were down 42.4% however we saw demand for Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure products as we price-matched competitor promotions.

Home sales were down 14.7% but we saw customers shopping for Christmas products with overall Christmas sales up 5.7% and sales of Advent Calendars up 4% as we draw closer to December.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 55.9% against last year’s Black Friday promotions, however we saw high demand for Large Electrical and Vision products towards the end of the week as a range of promotions went live.'

Simon Coble, Partner & Trading Director, John Lewis & Partners.