'Total sales excluding fuel were down 1.3% compared to the same week last year.
Customers are already entering into the Christmas spirit and preparing for lots of feasting with Christmas baking products doing well. Customers are also getting ready to host friends and family over the festive period as party food was up 13% and turkey orders up 35%.
Our Excitable Edgar merchandise is still proving popular amongst our customers, with the book, cupcakes and gingerbread biscuits all still selling well.
With the cold weather setting in, customers looked for comforting food with sales of premium ready meals up 5.8%.
This week Waitrose & Partners joined forces with John Lewis & Partners to launch a trial in Lincoln to give shoppers more access to the products and services of the John Lewis Partnership, through Parter-led events. Experiences include barista workshops, fashion and style talks, photography courses and wine tastings.'
Wim Van Aalst, Partner & Supply Chain Director, Waitrose & Partners