// John Lewis Partnership weekly sales unchanged year-on-year
// Waitrose sales down 2.6%
// John Lewis sales grows 4.1%
John Lewis Partnership’s weekly sales have come in flat this week, although a surge in fashion sales helped drive the positive figures at its eponymous department store chain.
For the week ending June 29, the partnership’s overall weekly sales came in at £230.74 million, almost unchanged compared to the same time year when it recorded £230.66 million.
For the company’s financial year-to-date, sales slipped 0.8 per cent compared to the same 22-week period last year.
Total sales at Waitrose was down 2.6 per cent for the week, with John Lewis outperforming it thanks to a 4.1 per cent uptick.
The partnership’s grocery fascia attributed the drop in sales to tough comparisons, as the performance this time last year was driven by warmer weather.
However, it noted that barbecue, picnic and dessert products performed particularly well towards the end of the week given the anticipated hot weekend.
Waitrose did not provide a break down of sales figures for its ambient, fresh food and chilled products or home and general merchandise this week.
Meanwhile at stablemate John Lewis, 7.6 per cent surge in weekly fashion sales was the main driver behind its overall weekly growth.
The department store said this was boosted by a 19.8 per cent uptick in beauty sales and 12 per cent growth in menswear.
Sales in the home department were down 0.9 per cent, but last week’s warm weather boosted sales of outdoor living by nine percent, picnic products were up eight per cent and low tog duvets were up 17 per cent.
Electrical and home technology sales were up 5.8 per cent.