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*

12 week period endingPercentage growth (year-on-year)
14 Jul 19 -1.9%
16 Jun 19 -
21 Apr 19 0.7%
24 Mar 19 1.3%
24 Feb 19 1%
28 Jan 19 0.2%
30 Dec 18 -1.7%
2 Dec 18 -0.7%
6 Nov 18 -0.1%
8 Oct 18 0.1%
10 Sep 18 0.8%
13 Aug 18 2.4%
15 Jul 18 2.8%
17 Jun 18 0.1%
22 Apr 18 0.2%
25 Mar 18 1.5%
25 Feb 182.3%
28 Jan 181.5%
31 Dec 172.3%
3 Dec 171.6%
8 Oct 172.3%
10 Sep 172.4%
13 Aug 17 2.8%
16 Jul 17 2.8%
18 Jun 17 5.3%
21 May 17 3.3%
23 Apr 17 3.1%
26 Mar 17 0.3%
26 Feb 17 2.9%
29 Jan 17 3.4%
1 Jan 17 3%
4 Dec 16 1.1%
6 Nov 16 3%
9 Oct 16 3.5%
11 Sep 16 3.4%
14 Aug 16 1.4%
17 Jul 16 1.6%
19 Jun 16 1.3%
22 May 16 2.1%
24 Apr 16 1.5%
27 Mar 16 1.7%
31 Jan 16 0.1%
3 Jan 16 1.5%
6 Dec 15 2.7%
8 Nov 15 2.7%
11 Oct 15 2.1%
13 Sept 15 2.9%
16 Aug 15 3.7%
19 Jul 15 3%
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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

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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