'Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.3% compared to the same week last year, but the bank holiday weekend and warm weather helped drive strong sales growth in a number of categories.
Spirits had en excellent week with white rum up by almost 33% , tequila up by more than 26 per cent and malt whisky up by more than 19%. Sales of ale were up by 20% and cider sales were up by 25%.
Elsewhere, customers were buying foods more traditionally associated with barbecues and al fresco dining. Burgers and steaks were up 73% and 11% respectively, seafood and pre-packed fish sales increased by 7%, while salads were up 14% and sales from our Food to Go range were up 16%.
This week will see us extend our 'Waitrose Unpacked' test when we introduce the concept at our Cheltenham shop on Friday. lt will have a dedicated refillable zone, including dispensers for dried products, frozen ‘pick and mix’, coffee, wine and beer refills, as well as detergent and washing up liquid refillables.'
Rupert Thomas, Partner & Commercial Director, Waitrose & Partners