Weekly sales figures to 11 January 2020

Partnership trading results for last week (to 11 January) published on Tuesday 14 January 2020.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 50
2019-20 £204.38m
2018-19 £212.47m
2017-18 £207.38m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 50 vs 2018-19 -3.8
50 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.1
Week 50 vs 2017-18 -1.4
50 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.5

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 50 vs 2018-19 -2.5
50 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.8
Week 50 vs 2017-18 1.1
50 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.1
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 50 Up to
week 50
Ambient -2.6 -0.6
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
-1.9 -0.4
Home & general
merchandise
-9.1 -5.6

'Total Waitrose & Partners sales excluding fuel were 2.4% lower than the same week last year.

Vegan sales were up 13% this week as Veganuary enters its second full week. Soft fruit sales were up by 4% as many customers opt for healthier options in January, with lettuce and cucumber also up by 6% and 4% respectively. Low and no alcohol drinks were also popular (up 27%) as customers take part in 'Dry January'.    

Sales of beef, veal and venison also saw increases of 12% this week compared to the same period last year. This week Waitrose is helping customers continue their New Year health kick by revealing the best products and recipes to help maintain their gut health.'

Martin George, Partner & Customer Director, Waitrose & Partners 

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 50 vs 2018-19 -5.8 
50 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.6
Week 50 vs 2017-18 -5.1
50 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.2
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 50 Up to
week 50
Fashion -1.5 1.2
Electricals
& Home Technology
-2.8 -3.5
Home
 
-13.6 -2.7

'Total sales were down 5.8% as customer shopping for bargains slowed, in what was the second week of Clearance, and the mild weather impacted Fashion sales. Yet, we saw strong demand for new Spring products which began to go on sale in shops and online last week.

Fashion sales were down 1.5%. However, sales of Womenswear were up 8.7% driven by Clearance and demand for new season own brand collections.  Women’s Accessories sales were up 0.6%

Home sales were down 13.6% impacted by annualising a strong competitor promotion which we price matched. Sales of our Special Buy products, which we offer during Clearance, are up 2% on last year and we saw strong demand for new season Gifts, Cook and Dine products launched last week. 

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 2.8%.  We saw good demand for hair products and our new own brand cordless vacuum cleaners. '

Maggie Porteous, Partner & Director, Shop Trade, John Lewis & Partners