Weekly sales figures to 26 October 2019

Partnership trading results for last week (to 26 October) published on Tuesday 29 October 2019.

John Lewis Partnership
Weekly sales
 
Week 39
2019-20 £219.24m
2018-19 £227.13m
2017-18 £226.70m
John Lewis Partnership
Percentage increase
 
Week 39 vs 2018-19 -3.5
39 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.8
Week 39 vs 2017-18 -3.3
39 weeks vs 2017-18 -0.0

WAITROSE & PARTNERS

Waitrose & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 39 vs 2018-19 -0.2
39 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.7
Week 39 vs 2017-18 -0.1
39 weeks vs 2017-18 0.4
Waitrose & Partners
category summary
Week 39 Up to
week 39
Ambient  -0.2  -0.6
Chilled, fruit, veg & hort,
bakery, meat, fish, frozen, dairy
 0.5  -0.2
Home & general
merchandise
 -4.6  -4.7

'Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.2% compared to the same week last year, however we still saw good sales growth in some categories. 

Supported by strong promotional activity, including the recently refreshed Waitrose & Partners No.1 range, we saw a 70% increase in sales of bakery goods and prepared meals. 

Pizzas and fresh desserts were up 12% and 7% respectively, while Christmas bakery sales have also already seen significant uplifts with sales of panettone up 11% and stollen sales up 37%.'  

Martin George, Partner & Customer Director, Waitrose & Partners

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners
Percentage increase
 
Week 39 vs 2018-19 -7.7
39 weeks vs 2018-19 -0.9
Week 39 vs 2017-18 -7.4
39 weeks vs 2017-18  -0.7
John Lewis & Partners
category summary
Week 39 Up to
week 39
Fashion 0.3 2.4
Electricals
& Home Technology
-7.1 -2.8
Home
 
-19.3 -2.5

'Total sales for the week were down 7.7% on the same week last year, as we were annualising against promotional activity and a Partnership card spend incentive.

Fashion sales were up 0.3%. Beauty, Wellbeing and Leisure sales were also up 28.4% as we price matched a competitor’s promotion and sales of Premium Beauty products were up 37.8%.

Home sales were down 19.3%. However, Christmas sales were up 7% as customers enjoyed shopping for Quality Street with sales up 388%. As winter is creeping in customers are shopping for cold weather products with sales of new season rugs and weighted blankets up. 

Electrical and Home Technology sales were down 7.1%. Small Electrical sales were up 5.6% as customers enjoyed shopping for personal care with sales up 45%. Own Brand Large Electrical product sales were up 42%, with sales of Laundry products up 110% due to promotions.  

Sienne Veit, Partner & Director Digital, John Lewis & Partners