'Total sales excluding fuel were down 1.7% compared to the same week last year.
As the temperature begins to drop customers are enjoying comforting food, with sales of Waitrose & Partners No.1 ready meals up 68%.
October marks Vegetarian Awareness Month and customers are continuing to enjoy the Waitrose & Partners vegan and vegetarian range, as sales were up by 28%.
Customers are preparing to decorate their homes for Halloween, with sales of pumpkins up by 8% on last year. This year sees the introduction of some lumpy and bumpy Goosebump Pumpkins. They join wickedly white Ghost Pumpkins, mini Munchkins, a variety of nobbly, bobbly and gnarly gourds and two sizes of carving pumpkins.'
Jo Walmsley, Partner & Personnel Director, Waitrose & Partners