John Lewis Reports Improved Weekly Results As Waitrose Stays Strong

The John Lewis chain has reported improved sales growth for its most recent week, even as sister chain Waitrose continued to see solid growth.

For the week ending 20 August, overall sales at the John Lewis Partnership grew by 3.4% to £198m.  Sales at Waitrose grew by 4.7% to £125.1m, while John Lewis recorded a 1.3% increase to £72.9m.

Waitrose said it was helped by warm weather and Rio Olympics, which sent sales of food-to-go products up 10.5%.  Those results were helped by a 20% increase in sales of hot takeaways and a 21% jump in sales of single-serve drinks.

The warm weather also boosted sales of outdoor living products (+24%), sun creams (+37%), and fresh produce (+9.6%). Promotions helped pushed sales of the beers, wines and spirits category up by 11.5%

Meanwhile, John Lewis was helped by the cooler weather at the end of the week, which drove customer traffic at its stores.

Sales of Beauty products were up 5.1%, Fashion sales were up 1.2%, and Home sales edged up 0.7%. The chain also recorded a strong rise in demand for outdoor living products, which jumped up 64.4%.

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