Sainsbury's enjoyed its busiest trading week ever in the run-up to Christmas, helping like-for-like sales in its latest quarter climb by 0.2%.
Chief executive Justin King said the 14 weeks to January 4 had been a "very tough sales environment" but the supermarket managed to maintain its record of growth - after it was forecast to fall after 35 successive periods of expansion.
Mr King said the seven days prior to Christmas was the group's busiest ever trading week, with more than 28 million transactions.
More top news
Judge Mindy Glazer was not expecting to be reunited with "the nicest kid in middle school" when Arthur Booth appeared in her court.
The WikiLeaks founder has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for three years but claims his life is in danger.
Small shops in some parts of Greece are in danger of running out of coins and small change as cash reserves in the country begin to run low.