Morrisons posts jump in Christmas sales

Morrison W. Supermarkets posted strong sales in final months of the year and enjoyed a particularly strong Christmas trading period.

Total sales for the 10 weeks to January 7 grew by 2.8% including fuel and 2.6% excluding fuel. Like-for-like sales over the period grew by 3.0% including fuel and 2.8% excluding fuel.

Morrisons said sales were especially strong over the Christmas and New Year period with like-for-like sales growth of 3.7% for the six weeks to January 7.

"More and more customers found more things they wanted to buy at competitive prices at Morrisons this Christmas," chief executive David Potts said.

The company said its full-year expectations were unchanged.