Sales excluding fuel were 2.2% lower compared to the same period last year, when there was much warmer weather.
Customers made the most of the cooler weather with increased purchases of hot prepared ready meals, which performed strongly. Fish counters also continued to drive strong sales last week, with the steady rise attributed to popular Fish Friday offers. Sales of outdoor plants also increased.
This marked another significant week in Waitrose & Partners’ efforts to reduce plastic waste. The supermarket announced that it would be replacing plastic containers with punnets made of wood pulp for its Duchy Organic strawberries and raspberries, which are fully home compostable.
The news came on the same week as a new Which? consumer magazine report, which named Waitrose & Partners among the leading supermarkets for using recyclable plastic.
About Waitrose & Partners
Waitrose & Partners has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose & Partners is an employee-owned business – all employees are Partners and have a say in how the business is run.
Waitrose & Partners exports products to more than 50 countries worldwide and has nine shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. The retailer’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers.