Weekly sales figures to 30 November 2019

Partnership trading results for last week (to 30 November) published on Tuesday 3 December 2019.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
Week 44
2019-20 £385.66m
2018-19 £297.44m
2017-18 £322.39m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
Week 44 vs 2018-19 29.7
44 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.1
Week 44 vs 2017-18 19.6
44 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.6


Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 44 vs 2018-19 -3.9
44 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.8
Week 44 vs 2017-18 -5.5
44 weeks vs 2017-18 0.1
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 44 Up to
week 44
Ambient -4.6 -0.7
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
-2.4 -0.3
Home & general
-6.8 -5.0

'Sales were down 3.9% impacted by Black Friday, which fell in the previous trading week last year and focussed consumer attention towards general merchandise.  

Shoppers are getting into the festive spirit, with advent calendars and crackers proving popular. Christmas trees are now in stock, including a rosemary Christmas tree which can be re-used as an ingredient in festive dishes, ensuring nothing goes to waste.

Ten best-selling wines - usually priced between £14.99 and £17.99 -  will be on promotion from Wednesday this week, down to £10 each.'  

Rupert Thomas, Partner &  Commercial Director, Waitrose & Partners


John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
Week 44 vs 2018-19 60.4
44 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.5
Week 44 vs 2017-18 40.1
44 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.5
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 44 Up to
week 44
Fashion 71.1 1.6
& Home Technology
81.1 -4.0
18.0 -2.4

'Total sales for the week were up 60.4% on the same week as last year, with Black Friday taking place a week later this year. Compared with the Black Friday period in 2018, sales were up 2.1% - a new record week of sales at John Lewis & Partners.  Promotions started earlier this year to reflect Black Friday extending across a longer period - (11 days from Friday 22nd November to Monday 2nd December 2019 compared to 8 days from Monday 19th November to Monday 26th November 2018).  

Total sales for the first 10 days of the Black Friday event (22nd November - 1st December 2019) were up 9.5% compared to the same 10 day period around Black Friday last year (16th November - 25th November 2018).    Sales were driven by demand for our Black Friday deals and competitor offers, which we price matched through our commitment to our Never Knowingly Undersold policy. The continued strength of our gifting and Christmas assortment also contributed to strong sales.  

Both our shops and website traded well, with the extended sales period delivering smooth operations across our distribution channels. The busiest hour for customers to shop John Lewis deals online was 9am to 10am on 29th November and there was a 43% increase in traffic to the John Lewis & Partners App during the week compared to the same week last year. A number of our shops also saw record sales over the seven days. Fashion sales were up 71% compared with the same week last year with a record week of sales across Menswear, Nursery and Beauty with best sellers including premium fragrances, Barbour clothing for both men and women and the Joie Spin infant car seat. 

Home sales were up 18% compared to the same week last year. We saw particularly strong sales of Gifts, Cook and Dine products and decorations as customers started preparations for Christmas.  Our best sellers in Home included the Neom Organics Wellbeing Pod, Gin Glasses and John Lewis & Partners 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding. Electrical and Home Technology sales were up 81% compared with the same week in 2018.  White Goods, Audio and Small Electricals had a particularly strong week. Best selling products included Apple Airpods and Google Home Mini.'

Bérangère Michel, Partner & Operations Director, John Lewis & Partners.