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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 28 July) published on Tuesday 31 July 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph


Week 26

2018-19 £209.67m
2017-18 £204.71m
2016-17 £201.98m


Percentage increase

Week 26 vs 2017-18 2.4
26 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 26 vs 2016-17
26 weeks vs 2016-17 3.2



Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 26 vs 2017-18 5.3
26 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 26 vs 2016-17
26 weeks vs 2016-17 4.0

Divisional sales excluding fuel were up 5.3% compared to the same week last year as much of Britain continued to experience soaring temperatures for most of the week.

Sales of our barbecue meat range grew 60% compared to the previous year, prepared salad sales were up 30% and deli sales were up 15%. Melon sales climbed 61% and prepared fruit sales rose by 39%. 

Beers, wine and spirit sales increased, too. Sales of gin and mixers were up 45% and 71% respectively, cider sales were up 49% and beer was up 28%. 

Last week we announced we will be the first major retailer to sell own-label home compostable coffee pods from December 2018. This is the next step in fulfilling our commitment to make all our own-label packaging widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2025.

Wim Van Aalst
Supply Chain Director, Waitrose

Category Summary Week 26
Up to week 26
Ambient 5.0 3.1
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy 6.4 0.7
Home & General Merchandise 2.8 0.5


John Lewis

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 26 vs 2017-18 -2.2
26 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 26 vs 2016-17
26 weeks vs 2016-17 2.0

Total sales were down 2.2%, with the continued heatwave last week impacting sales. 

Fashion sales were down 2.0%. However, warm weather clothing continued to perform well due to the consistent high temperatures, with sales up 29% on last year. Menswear also had a good week, up 2.1%.

Home sales were down 7.8%, although outdoor living had a particularly strong week with sales up 50%. Bathshop also had a good week, driven by sales of towels, with beach towels in particular up 28%. 

EHT sales were up 3.9%. Small electricals continue to perform exceptionally well, with air purifiers, fans, and humidifiers all seeing triple digit sales growth. Elsewhere, mobile had a strong week and accessories also performed well driven by earphones and own brand products. 

Liz Mihell
Head of Shop Trade, London & South East

Buying offices Week 26 up to week 26
Fashion -2.0 1.1
Electricals & Home Technology 3.9 4.3
Home -7.8 -4.2