Sainsbury’s is claiming its “best Christmas ever” after reporting like-for-like sales growth of 0.2% for the last 14 weeks (minus fuel). Total sales for the third quarter were up 2.5% (2.7% excluding fuel). Like-for-like sales for third quarter were flat (0.2% excluding fuel), with 28m customer transactions in the seven day up to Christmas.
Over at Mothercare, the mother and baby retailer has warned that its profits will miss markets expectations. Like-for-like sales at Mothercare stores (stripping out the impact of its store closure programme) have dropped 4.0% in the last 12 weeks. Total UK sales have slumped almost 10%.
Simon Calver, Mothercare’s CEO, blamed “difficult” trading conditions in the UK, adding: “In the UK, our stores suffered similar Christmas trading pressures to those reported elsewhere. Customer service scores continue to improve year on year but weaker footfall and higher promotional activity led to lower sales and margins.”
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