// John Lewis Partnership weekly sales unchanged year-on-year
// Waitrose sales down 0.7%
// John Lewis sales up 1.3%
John Lewis Partnership’s weekly sales have come in flat this week, although growth in fashion sales helped drive the positive figures at its eponymous department store chain.
For the week ending July 20, the partnership’s overall weekly sales came in at £214.40 million, almost unchanged compared to the same time year when it recorded £214.34 million.
For the company’s financial year-to-date, sales slipped 0.8 per cent compared to the same 25-week period last year.
Total sales at Waitrose was down 0.7 per cent for the week, while John Lewis outperformed with a 1.3 per cent uptick.
The partnership’s grocery fascia saw negative sales growth across all its sectors: ambient items were down 0.4 per cent, chilled fruit and vegetables were down 1.5 per cent, while home and merchandise sales dropped 5.9 per cent.
Meanwhile stablemate John Lewis attributed its performance to the final week of summer clearance promotions, especially on Saturday when in-store sales were strong.
Fashion sales were up 3.8 per cent, boosted by a nine per cent uptick in womenswear.
Home sales were up 0.9 per cent, while electrical and home technology sales were down one per cent.