Weekly sales figures 31 August 2019

Partnership trading results for last week (to 31 August) published on Tuesday 03 September 2019.

 

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 31
2019-20 £207.96m
2018-19 £214.62m
2017-18 £218.51m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 31 vs 2018-19 -3.1
31 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.0
Week 31 vs 2017-18 -4.8
31 weeks vs 2017-18 0.1

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 31 vs 2018-19 -0.4
31 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.7
Week 31 vs 2017-18 -2.9
31 weeks vs 2017-18 1.0
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 31 Up to
week 31
Ambient  0.2  -0.7
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
 0.2  -0.1
Home & general
merchandise
 -0.7  -4.9

'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

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 31 vs 2018-19 -7.2
31 weeks vs 2018-19 -1.7
Week 31 vs 2017-18 -7.7
31 weeks vs 2017-18 -1.4
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 31 Up to
week 31
Fashion -5.8 2.1
Electricals
& Home Technology
-2.8 -3.5
Home
 
-14.0 -4.2

'Total sales were down 7.2% on the same week last year as warm weather over the bank holiday weekend impacted trade.

Fashion sales were down 5.8%, however schoolwear sales picked up towards the end of the week as parents prepared for the start of a new school term. 

Home sales were down 14.0% but the warm temperatures saw sales of BBQs up 40% and Outdoor Furniture was up 20% as customers continued to make the most of their outdoor areas.

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 2.8%, however sales of Large Electricals were up 8.6%, driven by cooking which saw sales up 29%. 

David Hunn, Partner & Director Technology Products and Change, John Lewis & Partners