'Sales excluding fuel were 2.2% lower compared to the same period last year, when there was much warmer weather.
Customers made the most of the cooler weather with increased purchases of hot prepared ready meals, which performed strongly. Fish counters also continued to drive strong sales last week, with the steady rise attributed to popular Fish Friday offers. Sales of outdoor plants also increased.
This marked another significant week in Waitrose & Partners' efforts to reduce plastic waste. The supermarket announced that it would be replacing plastic containers with punnets made of wood pulp for its Duchy Organic strawberries and raspberries, which are fully home compostable.
The news came on the same week as a new Which? consumer magazine report, which named Waitrose & Partners among the leading supermarkets for using recyclable plastic..'
Personnel Director, Jo Walmsley , Waitrose & Partners