Retailer’s festive sales boost
A retailer with hundreds of stores across the east of England is celebrating a successful Christmas. The Central England Cooperative says it enjoyed a strong sales performance over the festive period. The Society, which has 430 trading outlets, saw like-for-like sales of £46.3 million for the three weeks ending December 31. This was up 4.6 per cent on the previous Christmas. And like-for-like sales in its convenience stores increased by 6.2 per cent. Food stores handled more than 1.9 million customer transactions during Christmas, which included the Society’s highest ever daily sales of £3.8 million on Christmas Eve. The Christmas period saw particularly strong performance across in-store bakery and the Society’s range of beers, wines and spirits. Other high performing categories included new seasonal product lines, including the new Co-op ‘Irresistible’ premium range, as well as floral gifts
Sales grew at Central Co-Op over Christmas.