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Sainsbury's reports record Christmas

Sainsbury’s said it had a record Christmas driven by a strong performance from clothing.

Like-for-like sales across the group, which also includes its food offer and excludes petrol, rose 3.6% in the 14 weeks to January 8.

Sainsbury’s said its non-food offer grew at three times the rate of its food division. Clothing showed good growth, with lingerie and accessories in particular performing well, with sales up over 45% on last year.

The grocer added that its non-food online offer continued to grow and that click and collect was now available in 150 stores.

In the quarter, Sainsbury’s opened 700,000 sq ft of new space.

Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King said: “The business continues to perform well in a challenging consumer environment, as customers are faced with fuel and VAT increases, combined with uncertain employment prospects. Our universal customer appeal together with our accelerated growth plans means we are well placed to make continued good progress in 2011.”

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