// John Lewis Partnership’s overall weekly sales decline 3%
// Waitrose sales slip 1%
// John Lewis sales drop 6.1%
John Lewis Partnership has booked another week of sales decline, driven by a decline in its eponymous department store chain which was impacted by warm weather.
For the week ending September 14, the partnership’s overall weekly sales decreased three per cent, coming in at £201.68 million, compared to the same time last year when it recorded £207.91 million.
The decline also marked the third consecutive week of negative growth at around the three per cent mark, with September shaping up to be a woeful month for the partnership after it also revealed it had swung to a £26 million loss in its half-year report.
For the year to date, the partnership’s overall sales were down 1.2 per cent year-on-year.
On its own, John Lewis’ total sales were down 6.1 per cent year-on-year – worse than the 5.5 per cent decline recorded last week.
The department store said fashion sales were down 7.6 per cent due to warm weather impacting sales of its new autumn range product.
In addition, sales from John Lewis’ home department were down 10.7 per cent due to annualising a competitor price match event.
However, the retailer’s own brand house range sales were up 10.6 per cent.
Meanwhile, John Lewis’ electrical and home technology sales were down 1.5 per cent.
Things were slightly better for stablemate Waitrose, which saw weekly sales slip one per cent year-on-year.
The grocer saw sales in chilled and fresh food increase decrease by 1.4 per cent, while ambient food sales edged down 0.3 per cent.
Finally, home and general merchandise sales were down 2.8 per cent.