Re­tailer’s fes­tive sales boost

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business -

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.

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