UK: Waitrose Christmas sales up over 20%
Waitrose, the upmarket UK retailer, saw sales jump by more than 20% during the week before Christmas, its parent John Lewis said today (5 January).
The company reported a sales increase of 20.8% for the trading week ending 26 December, compared with the same week last year.
The previous trading week - ending 19 December - sales were up by 16.5%. For the 13-week period ending 26 December, sales climbed 16.1%.
Waitrose is the first of the UK's largest retailers to issue a trading update for the period including the run-up to Christmas.
Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest grocer, will issue its latest numbers on 21 January.
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