Aldi has reported its “most successful Christmas” to date in the UK with total sales up 30.1% driven by a strong fresh produce offer.
The Perfume Shop delivered a 2.4% jump in like-for-likes sales for the Christmas trading period, as sales via mobile devices rocketed 367% due to m-commerce improvements.
Online fashion giant Asos’ retail sales rocketed 41% to £78m across its Christmas trading period, as the UK division posted “particularly strong” trading in December.
Electricals retailer Dixons reported strong Christmas trading as UK like-for-likes rose 8%, driven by “phenomenal” sales of tablets and the collapse of rival Comet.
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The Entertainer achieved a record Christmas. Like-for-likes rose 9.5% in the five weeks to December 29, as it pushes the button on international expansion plans.
Fashion retailers have reported a strong Christmas but remain cautious about the year ahead.
The Works has reaffirmed its faith in physical books despite rising ebook sales.
Convenience stores proved vital in grocery over Christmas as stretched shoppers rushed to local shops to raid remaining supplies before the big day.