Tesco Christmas sales grow 1.8%

Tesco has released figures showing a 1.8% rise in like-for-like sales in the six weeks to January 5 2013.

Tesco Christmas sales grow 1.8%
Tesco Christmas sales grow 1.8% Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Chief Executive Philip Clarke said: "I am pleased with our performance over the important Christmas and New Year period in the UK, which reflects the progress we are making in improving our offer for customers.

"This performance was driven by a further improvement in our food business in-store and a strong contribution from online, which included our biggest ever week for internet sales, a successful first Christmas for Grocery Click & Collect and a better performance for Tesco Direct"

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Sales boost for Tesco

Tesco revealed its best UK sales growth in three years as the chain's drive to reverse falling profits gathered pace over Christmas. Like-for-like sales in the UK grew by 1.8% in the six weeks to January 5.