'Total sales for the week were down (4.3%) compared to the equivalent week last year. Comparisons were affected by shoppers stocking up last year for the anticipated 'Beast from the East', and also impacted by the later fall of the half term holidays this year for many areas of the country.
The warmer weather led to sales of food such as olives, antipasti and 'food to go' salads and sushi. Our Beautifully Simple campaign of fresh and simple recipes is proving popular with customers, with many picking up the ingredients in our shops and online.
We're proud to last week be voted top for in-store shopping in the Which? supermarket survey, winning five-star ratings for store appearance, queuing time, Partner availability and our range of products. In addition our online shopping saw us pick up five stars for the quality of our own label products, fresh produce and the service of our drivers.'
Mike Sackman, Partner & IT Director, Waitrose & Partners