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Primark sales up 25% over Christmas period

Sales at Primark over the Christmas period were up a higher-than-expected 25 percent from a year earlier, the clothing retailer's owner announced.

Primark benefited from new store openings, which helped boost retail sales. Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

Associated British Foods said new store openings had helped boost sales, bucking the trend on Britain's flagging high street.

"Like-for-like growth benefited from comparison with weak sales during the unseasonably warm autumn of 2011 and good trading over the Christmas period," the group said.