Independent supermarket Booths has hailed record sales over the seven days leading up to Christmas.

The retailer said sales increased 8.7% in the three-week trading period ending January 6, while sales in the seven days to December 25 jumped 8.3% year on year.

Christmas week was underpinned by a 6.3% increase in sales in the 12 weeks before December 25, marked by increased volumes and a rise in overall basket spend.

Sales of poultry and turkey rose 10.6%, Christmas bakery sales were up 21%, mince pies jumped 16%, sales of salmon rose 34% and pigs in blankets jumped 9.7%.

Overall cafe sales rose 37%, while sales of the Christmas baguette jumped 28%.

Booths managing director Nigel Murray said: “Everyone at Booths, alongside our supplier partners, has contributed to delivering a great Christmas for our customers and this is reflected in a set of strong trading results.

“We strive to deliver the very best food and drink for our customers, and we can be extremely proud of what we achieved this year. The quality of our offer was the best yet and, as ever, was served up with the warmest of northern welcomes.”