• Waitrose sales up 20.7% last week
  • Easter confectionary up 8%
  • John Lews year-on-year Easter sales up 10.4%

Waitrose posted a 20.7% rise in sales last week, but the retailer said the figures were “heavily influenced” by the timing of Easter. 

John Lewis weely sales to March 26

John Lewis weely sales to March 26, 2016

John Lewis weely sales to March 26, 2016

The grocer reported total sales of £155.63m for the week ending March 26. Easter confectionery sales rose 8% compared to the equivalent week last year, the retailer said. 

Spring flowers also proved popular with horticulture sales up 10.3% year on year.

Overall, sales were up by 3.7% compared to the equivalent week last year, which Waitrose said was a more “meaningful comparison”. 

Sister retailer John Lewis also revealed a 10.4% year-on-year increase for the week ending March 26, finishing with total sales of £85.2m.

According to the retailer, Easter provided “a strong backdrop to this”. 

Electricals and home technology sales jumped 19.1%, driven by a “strong set of results in vision, audio and connected home”, it said.

Sales in its home department rose 8.5%, boosted by sales of Easter decorations and chocolate.

In fashion, sales increased 4.9%, with menswear the stand-out performer up 12.1%.

“While the cold weather continues to be a challenge, sales of women’s casual wear and collaborations were a highlight,” the retailer added. 

Across the partnership, sales were up 16.8% to £240.83m.

The department store group reported a 10.9% decline in full-year pre-tax profits to £305.5m, earlier this month, in line with expectations.