Majestic Wine said its maintained focus on cost control means that FY profits are expected to be in line with market expectations.
Group sales for the 10-week Christmas trading period ending 2 January 2017 increased by 15.3% versus the same period in the prior year.
On an underlying basis the increase was 12.4%. The Group delivers about 30% of total annual sales during the Christmas trading period.
Majestic Retail had its biggest ever Christmas with like for like sales up 7.5%, on top of 7.3% like for like growth in Christmas last year. About 0.5% of the growth was one-off due to transfer of sales from closed stores.
The Group's Gross Margin percentage was around 1 percentage point lower, versus the same period in the prior year, due to a combination of accelerated acquisition of new customers and the need to remain competitive in a heavily discounted UK market still coming to terms with recent currency movements.