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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 25 August) published on Wednesday 29 August 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph


Week 4

2018-19 £210.71m
2017-18 £212.26m
2016-17 £209.27m


Percentage increase

Week 4 vs 2017-18 -0.7
4 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 4 vs 2016-17
4 weeks vs 2016-17 2.9



Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 4 vs 2017-18 -2.3
4 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 4 vs 2016-17
4 weeks vs 2016-17 0.9


Sales for the week excluding fuel were down by 2.2% compared to last year, with a cold and wet weekend for most of the country contrasting with a very hot bank holiday weekend last year.  

The cooler temperatures led many towards a bank holiday roast, pushing up sales of cold weather-related food including gravy, root vegetables and Yorkshire puddings.

We also saw strong sales of apples for the week, as customers took the opportunity of supporting British apples coming in to season.

Martin George,
Customer Director, Waitrose

Category Summary Week 4
Up to week 4
Ambient -3.6 -0.5
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy -1.2 1.3
Home & General Merchandise -1.5 -1.8


John Lewis

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 4 vs 2017-18 1.7
4 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 4 vs 2016-17
4 weeks vs 2016-17 6.3


Total sales for the week were up 1.7% on last year. 

Fashion had a strong week, with sales up 8.0%. Beauty, wellbeing and leisure had an exceptionally good week, with sales up 17.9% driven by price matching through our Never Knowingly Undersold policy. Both womenswear and menswear saw sales rise, up 6.0% and 4.4% respectively, with new season ranges performing well.

Home sales were down 2.1%. However our own brand, House, had a strong week with sales up 11.6% on last year, with bedroom and bath products a particular standout. Upholstery also had a good week with sales rising by 10%. 

EHT sales were down 0.9%, although both small and large electricals had good weeks with both categories up on last year. Elsewhere, headphones also had a good week. 

Barry Matheson,
Head of Shop Trade, Scotland & North, John Lewis

Buying offices Week 4 up to week 4
Fashion 8.0 2.7
Electricals & Home Technology -0.9 2.9
Home -2.1 -4.3