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Week 17

2018-19 £379.63m
2017-18 £364.36m
2016-17 £348.75m

Percentage increase

Week 17 vs 2017-18 4.2
17 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 17 vs 2016-17
17 weeks vs 2016-17 1.3


Waitrose & Partners

Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 17 vs 2017-18 -1.6
17 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 17 vs 2016-17
17 weeks vs 2016-17 1.1

Total sales excluding fuel were down 1.5% compared to the same week last year. 

As the cold weather continued, shoppers opted for warming winter food, with sales of slow cooked meat up by 53% and sales of root veg, cabbage and sprouts also rising. 

Customers were beginning to feel festive, with mince pie sales up 43% and mulled wine was a popular choice too, up by 17%. 

Jo Walmsley ,
Partner & Personnel Director, Waitrose & Partners 

Category Summary Week 17
Up to week 17
Ambient -2.6 -1.6
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy 0.0 1.2
Home & General Merchandise -6.9 -4.2


John Lewis & Partners

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 17 vs 2017-18 7.7
17 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 17 vs 2016-17
17 weeks vs 2016-17 1.5

Total sales for the week were up 7.7% on the same week as last year, making it the biggest sales week in our history. Sales were driven by demand for our Black Friday offers and competitor offers, which we price matched through our commitment to our Never Knowingly Undersold policy.

Both our shops and website traded well and a number of shops enjoyed a record week. Due to competitor offers and ours launching earlier in the week we saw sales up across the week and less concentrated on Black Friday itself, although that was still the busiest day of the week for sales.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 5.7%.  Audio, mobile phones and tablets had a particularly strong week.  Best selling products included Apple Airpods, the Amazon Echo Dot Smart Device and Google Home Mini Smart Speakers.  

Fashion sales were up 13.1%. Sales were primarily driven by Black Friday promotions on branded items but we also saw strong growth in own brand sales.  Best sellers across the week included CREED Aventus Eau de Parfum, John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar and Clarins Skincare Gift Set.

Home sales were up 2.3%. We saw particularly strong sales of beds, and both the King Size Hypnos Pocket Spring Mattress and King Size SIMBA Hybrid® Memory Foam Mattress were among our best selling products. Our 7ft Brunswick Spruce Christmas tree was also a best selling product. Cookshop, Bedding and Bath, and Lighting had strong sales due to us price matching competitor promotions.

Alison Smith,
Partner & Head of Shop Trade, South and West, John Lewis & Partners

Buying offices Week 17 up to week 17
Fashion 13.1 3.3
Electricals & Home Technology 5.7 0.7
Home 2.3 -5.1