John Lewis Weekly Sales Hurt By Good Weather, Waitrose Rise

The John Lewis department store chain has reported a drop in its most recent weekly sales, hurt by a bout of warm weather, but sister chain Waitrose reported an increase.

For the week ending 13 August, the overall John Lewis Partnership saw its sales decline by 0.1% to £194.12m, as a 2.3% drop to £71.4m at John Lewis offset a 1.1% increase to £122.7m at Waitrose.

John Lewis said footfall was down during the “challenging” week, as more people headed outdoors or on holidays. Sales of Fashion were down 2.6% year-on-year, despite demand for summer wear.  EHT sales were down by 2.2%, while Home reported a 1.4% decrease.

Waitrose saw sales grow by 1.2% when excluding fuel, as the good weather resulted in increased demand for summer-y food & drink. Rosé wines saw sales surge by 26%, barbecue meats and burger buns registered a 20% increase, while ice creams recorded a 17% jump, and salads reported a 10% gain.