Weekly sales figures


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Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 6 October) published on Tuesday 9 October 2018


Partnership weekly sales graph


Week 10

2018-19 £218.35m
2017-18 £217.06m
2016-17 £216.04m


Percentage increase

Week 10 vs 2017-18 0.6
10 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 10 vs 2016-17
10 weeks vs 2016-17 2.3


Waitrose & Partners

Managing Director: Rob Collins
Retail Director: Ben Stimson

Percentage increase

Week 10 vs 2017-18 0.9
10 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 10 vs 2016-17
10 weeks vs 2016-17 1.4


Sales excluding fuel were up 1.1% last week, compared with the same period a year ago.

Sales of root vegetables, including onions and carrots, rose by 8.5%, as shoppers made hearty autumnal dishes at home. Stone fruit sales increased by 34% and sales of pumpkins, a Hallowe'en must-have, rose by 17%. Sourdough bread was a popular choice with customers, with sales up 14%. 

A selection of Christmas products arrived in shops last week and sales of mince pies and stollen have already risen by 22% and 6% respectively versus this time last year, as customers stock up on festive staples.

'Nduja, a spreadable and spicy Calabrian sausage which features in a Beautifully Simple recipe with prawns and courgetti, was the best-selling ingredient in the newly updated Cooks' Ingredients range. 

Jo Walmsley,
Partner & Personnel Director, Waitrose & Partners

Category Summary Week 10
Up to week 10
Ambient 0.7 -1.9
Chilled, Fruit, Veg & Hort., Bakery, Meat, Fish, Frozen and Dairy 1.7 1.2
Home & General Merchandise -1.4 -3.4



John Lewis & Partners

Managing Director: Paula Nickolds

Percentage increase

Week 10 vs 2017-18 0.1
10 weeks vs 2017-18
Week 10 vs 2016-17
10 weeks vs 2016-17 3.6

Total sales for the week were up 0.1% compared to the same week last year.

Fashion sales were up 4.4%. Both Womenswear and Menswear sales were up +8.9% and +3.% respectively.  Accessories sales were up 6.6%. The increase in sales was due to the cooler and wetter weather driving demand for warmer clothing and accessories, and us matching a competitor’s promotion through our Never Knowingly Undersold price promise.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 1.3%. Communications Technology product sales were up 8.5% due to new product launches. We saw particularly strong sales of gaming products which were up 200% year on year due to the launch of Forza on Xbox and FIFA on Playstation.

Home sales were down 6.5%. However, we saw an increase in customers committing to future purchases of sofas and beds. Our contemporary own brand House had another strong week with sales up 13.5%. We also had strong sales of our new own brand gifting collection ‘Find Keep Give’, and our Christmas hampers and trees.

Craig Inglis,
Partner & Customer Director, John Lewis & Partners

Buying offices Week 10 up to week 10
Fashion 4.4 2.0
Electricals & Home Technology 1.3 2.0
Home -6.5 -4.3