Waitrose sales fall amid changeable weather

17. Waitrose Bracknell

Waitrose’s total weekly sales fell across the board last week as changeable weather altered people’s shopping behaviour.

Total Waitrose sales for the week to August 10 dropped 1.7% compared to the same period last year.

Ambient food sales declined 1.4% and non-ambient food was down 1.6%, while sales of home and general merchandise products tumbled 4%.

Waitrose & Partners supply chain director Wim van Aalst said: “In a week of changeable weather, sales of comfort foods such as Indian and Chinese ready meals proved popular with some customers while the scrumptious summer range continues to perform well.”

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