Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.3% per cent compared to the same week last year, but the bank holiday weekend and warm weather helped drive strong sales growth in a number of categories.
Spirits had en excellent week with white rum up by almost 33 per cent, tequila up by more than 26 per cent and malt whisky up by more than 19 per cent. Sales of ale were up by 20 per cent and cider sales were up by 25 per cent.
Elsewhere, customers were buying foods more traditionally associated with barbecues and al fresco dining. Burgers and steaks were up 73 per cent and 11 per cent respectively, seafood and pre-packed fish sales increased by 7 per cent, while salads were up 14 per cent and sales from our Food to Go range were up 16 per cent.
This week will see us extend our ‘Waitrose Unpacked’ test when we introduce the concept at our Cheltenham shop on Friday. lt will have a dedicated refillable zone, including dispensers for dried products, frozen ‘pick and mix’, coffee, wine and beer refills, as well as detergent and washing up liquid refillables.