Weekly sales figures to 12 October 2019

Partnership trading results for last week (to 12 October) published on Tuesday 15 October 2019.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
Week 37
2019-20 £222.92m
2018-19 £210.82m
2017-18 £214.02m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
Week 37 vs 2018-19 5.7
37 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.8
Week 37 vs 2017-18 4.2
37 weeks vs 2017-18 0.0


Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 37 vs 2018-19 1.6
37 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.7
Week 37 vs 2017-18 0.6
37 weeks vs 2017-18 0.5 
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 37 Up to
week 37
Ambient  2.4  -0.6
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
 1.6  -0.2
Home & general
 -3.1  -4.7

'Total sales excluding fuel were up 1.6% compared to the same week last year.

As the temperature drops, winter and comfort foods proved popular with sales of soups up 6% and ready meals up 7.5% with the new No.1 premium pizzas being a particular favourite with customers. 

As Halloween products come into store, pumpkin sales are up and Halloween bakery has been very popular with sales up 71%. 

Yesterday we announced a trial to remove plastic on thousands of multi-buy cans in 17 shops. The plastic wrap, which is used to keep three or four cans attached for convenience, will be entirely removed from some of our canned vegetables. The move will save 18 tonnes of plastic that cannot currently be recycled.'  

Ross Avery, Partner & Finance Director, Waitrose & Partners


John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 37 vs 2018-19 11.9 
37 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.9
Week 37 vs 2017-18 9.3
37 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.7
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 37 Up to
week 37
Fashion 13.7 1.6
& Home Technology
9.5 -2.9
13.8 -1.6

'Total sales were up 11.9% on the same week last year as customers purchased new season items due to cooler weather and enjoyed shopping promotional events across Home and Fashion.

Home sales were up 13.8% as customers begin to prepare their homes for the festive season, with Christmas product up 25%. Quirky baubles such as dinosaurs are proving particularly popular, and shaped and animal baubles are currently outselling round baubles 7 to 1. Furniture and Flooring was up 7.4% and carpets were up 26%. 

Fashion sales were up 13.7% as customers enjoyed shopping our fashion promotion, which started on Friday.  Womenswear was up 28% and Menswear was up 25.9%, as the cooler weather saw customers buying new season products. Cashmere overall was up 48%.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 9.5%. Small Electricals sales were up 8.4% which was driven by Personal Care, with hair dryers proving popular as customers continued to combat the wet weather.'

Laurence Mitchell, Partner & Buyer Director, Electricals & Home Technology, John Lewis & Partners