Warmer Weather Helps Lift Sales At Waitrose

Trading at Waitrose picked up last week, boosted by the warmer weather. In the seven days to 16 July, the chain’s sales rose 2.9% to £126.63m, compared with a 2.1% rise the week before.

The sunnier weather contributed to an increase in fresh produce sales (up 6%), with prepared fruit up 14% and soft fruit up 16%. Meanwhile, as shoppers began to head off on summer breaks and days out, sales of sandwiches and to-go drinks increased 6% and 14% respectively.

Overall, sales in the ambient category were up 2%, whilst sales in Chilled, Fruit, Vegetables & Horticulture, and Bakery increased 5.3%. The Meat, Fish, Frozen & Dairy category saw sales rise 0.9%, whilst Home & Leisure rose 5.5%.

At sister chain John Lewis, sales were up by 3.8% to £83.11m, boosted by sales of women’s formalwear at the height of wedding season.