Sainsbury's chief praises record-breaking Christmas

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King praised the supermarket chain's strong third-quarter results, he said: "Our colleagues did an outstanding job this Christmas, serving a record number of customers and maintaining excellent levels of customer service and availability.

File picture of Sainsbury's sign at Burton on Trent store. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

"The week before Christmas was our strongest trading week ever, with customer transactions exceeding 27 million.

"We saw a record breaking £16 million of sales in one hour between 12pm and 1pm on Sunday 23rd December and experienced our best ever Christmas Eve, at both our supermarket and convenience stores, with over £100 million of sales."