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.