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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 26 May) published on Wednesday 30 May 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph


Week 17

2018-19 £214.05m
2017-18 £211.15m
2016-17 £210.53m


Percentage increase

Week 17 vs 2017-18 1.4
17 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 17 vs 2016-17
17 weeks vs 2016-17 2.7



Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 17 vs 2017-18 0.2
17 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 17 vs 2016-17
17 weeks vs 2016-17 3.2


Divisional sales excluding fuel were up 0.3% compared to the same week last year. 

Shoppers chose to brighten up their homes ahead of the long weekend, with sales of houseplants up 29% compared to last year and sales of flowers up 7%. Household cleaning products also performed strongly with customers stocking up on kitchen, floor and bathroom cleaners. 

Meanwhile, many started shopping for Father's Day with sales of Malt Whisky up 76%, Cognac up 33% and Vermouths up 27%, with a number of promotions driving sales across these categories.  

Last week, Waitrose announced that from the end of May 2018 all drinks in the food to go range will have widely recyclable clear lids - potentially saving 17 tonnes of plastic from landfill each year. The move is another step towards our pledge to remove own-label black plastic packaging by the end of 2019. 

Loraine Woodhouse
Finance Director, Waitrose 

Category Summary Week 17
Up to week 17
Ambient 1.7 2.7
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy -0.7 -0.3
Home & General Merchandise 3.3 0.8


John Lewis

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 17 vs 2017-18 3.4
17 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 17 vs 2016-17
17 weeks vs 2016-17 1.9

Total sales for the week were up 3.4% on last year. Sales rose due to customers buying products for the bank holiday weekend, and taking advantage of our promotions and us price matching those of competitors.  

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 5.6%. Promotions contributed positively to communications technology products increasing sales by 8.6% compared to the same week last year. Electrical products were also up due to strong demand for vacuum cleaners and TVs.

Fashion sales were up 3.4%. Womenswear accessories had a good week with sales up 12.2% and own brand womenswear fashion sales were up 2.2%. Sales of menswear was up 9.9%, with summer accessories having its strongest week so far this year with sales up 28%. Beauty, wellbeing and leisure sales were up 3.7%.

Home sales were up 0.9%. Gifts, cook and dine sales were up 5.5%, with our summer Poolside collection proving popular with sales up 40%. Customers continued to buy outdoor furniture with sales up 14% compared to last year.

Simon Russell
Director, Retail Operations Development, John Lewis

Buying offices Week 17 up to week 17
Fashion 3.4 1.3
Electricals & Home Technology 5.6 5.4
Home 0.9 -2.8