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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 22 September) published on Tuesday 25 September 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph


Week 8

2018-19 £213.64m
2017-18 £214.09m
2016-17 £205.25m


Percentage increase

Week 8 vs 2017-18 -0.2
8 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 8 vs 2016-17
8 weeks vs 2016-17 2.6


Waitrose & Partners

Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 8 vs 2017-18 -0.7
8 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 8 vs 2016-17
8 weeks vs 2016-17 1.2


Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.6% compared to the same week last year, as we continue to annualised against heavier promotional activity this time last year.

More autumnal weather conditions prompted customers to seek out warming foods with fresh soups up nine per cent and root vegetables up 6%. Crumbles were clearly on the menu with blackberries seeing a 61% uplift. 

Last week saw the launch of our first trial of Waitrose Rapid. This allows customers within selected postcodes to have their food and drink delivered straight to their door within two hours of ordering.

Martin George,
Customer Director, Waitrose & Partners

Category Summary Week 8
Up to week 8
Ambient -2.1 -2.4
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy 1.3 1.3
Home & General Merchandise -4.7 -3.5



John Lewis & Partners

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 8 vs 2017-18 0.5
8 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 8 vs 2016-17
8 weeks vs 2016-17 4.8


Total sales for the week were up 0.5% compared to the same week last year, when we were price matching a competitor's promotion. Warm weather at the beginning of the week impacted sales in some areas, but launches of new products during the week, including our Christmas Shop, boosted sales.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 10.8%. Communications Technology product sales were up 29.8% driven largely by demand for the new Apple iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 which went on sale last week in our shops and online.

Overall Fashion sales were down 6.8% compared to the same week last year when we price matched a competitor’s promotion on beauty products which wasn’t repeated last week. Yet, sales of our own brand womenswear continue to be strong with sales up 9.8%.

Home sales were down 3.4%, but sales of Gift, Cook and Dine products were up 1.6% on last year driven by the launch of our Christmas Shop, where sales were up 3% on the previous year. We are seeing very strong demand for our exclusive personalised Quality Street tins.  

Sienne Veit,
Director, Digital, John Lewis & Partners

Buying offices Week 8 up to week 8
Fashion -6.8 1.2
Electricals & Home Technology 10.8 1.8
Home -3.4 -3.9