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Waitrose sales growth year-on-year in Great Britain 2015-2019

Waitrose sales have decreased by 1.9 percent in Great Britain over a 12-week period ending July 12, 2019 compared to the same time period in 2018. Waitrose has seen its sales grow during the last three and a half years. The second quarter of 2017 saw the highest growth, with sales going up over five percent. At the end of 2018, the company experienced shrinking sales for the first time since mid-2015.

Company profile

Waitrose & Partners is the food retail division of John Lewis Partnership. It has been a subsidiary of John Lewis since 1937. The Bracknell based company was founded in West London in 1904 and operated 353 stores in the United Kingdom in 2018. In these stores the company made approximately 1.1 thousand British pounds of sales per square foot in 2016. The company also operates an online store that has seen growth of over 10 percent during 2018.

Market position

The company generated a revenue of 6.4 billion pounds in 2018. Revenue growth has slowed down in recent years compared to the early 2010s. as of May 2019, the company ranked 8th in its market with a share of 5.1 percent. Its grocery market share has been stable at just over five percent for a number of years now. In 2018, the company was overtaken by the German discounter Lidl.

Percentage change in sales at Waitrose in Great Britain compared to a year earlier from July 2015 to July 2019*

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

12 weeks ending September 14, 2014 to 12 weeks ending July 14, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Data shows growth compared to the same period last year. Each period is for the 12 weeks ending on each given date.
Sales include expenditure through main store tills but exclude petrol and in-store concessions.

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