Bank Holiday Boost For Waitrose

Sales at Waitrose climbed 7.2% in the week to 28 May, although the group said figures were distorted by the different fall of the bank holiday compared to last year. When compared to the equivalent bank holiday week last year sales were 3.7% higher.

The chain said that the warm weekend had boosted sales of outdoor food including barbecue meats, which were up by 28%. It range of ‘food to go’ sandwiches, salads and snacks also performed strongly with sales up by 20%.

Meanwhile, the start of English Wine Week helped lift sales of English and Welsh wines by 15%.

At sister chain John Lewis, sales slipped by 1.6% after sales comparisons were distorted as the same week last year included both a Bank Holiday and half term holiday.