'Total sales excluding fuel were down 3.1 per cent compared to the same week last year, when sales were boosted due to the warmer weather.
On the back of the Chelsea Flower Show, customers were keen to be in the garden with outdoor plants up by 21 per cent and sales of English and Welsh wine were on the rise as we look forward to English wine week.
With the slightly cooler weather tea and soups were both up 14 per cent and 5 per cent respectively. World foods such as curry kits and pasta sauces also had a good week, up 11 per cent, as customers opted for classic comfort foods.'
Our Scrumptious Summer range kicks off in store this week, with over 200 products focusing on of the very best seasonal food for the summer season and taking inspiration from nostalgic ingredients and classic British flavours.'
Ross Avery, Finance Director, Waitrose & Partners