// John Lewis Partnership weekly sales decline 1.9%, a slight improvement on last week’s 2.4% decline
// Waitrose sales slip 0.5%
// John Lewis sales drop 5.5%
John Lewis Partnership’s weekly sales declined by 1.9 per cent last week, a slight improvement on the 2.4 per cent decline recorded the week prior.
For the week ending August 24, the partnership recorded overall weekly sales of £206.96 million, compared to the same time year when it recorded £210.99 million.
On a year to date basis, sales slipped one per cent year-on-year.
While total sales at Waitrose slipped by 0.5 per cent for the week, stablemate John Lewis fared worse with a 5.5 per cent drop.
The department store experienced decline across all three of its departments, namely home were sales dropped seven per cent.
Electrical and home technology sales were down 5.3 per cent, while fashion sales were down 4.4 per cent.
At Waitrose, the warm bank holiday weekend led to strong sales of drinks and an increase in other sunshine-related food and drink – such ice creams, soft fruits and barbecue meats.
The grocer recorded a one per cent uptick in ambient products sales, while the chilled, fruit & vegetables and bakery sales grew 0.8 per cent.
However, home and general merchandise sales declined 3.7 per cent.