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Tesco enjoyed its strongest Christmas performance in three years

Tesco enjoyed its strongest Christmas performance in three years

Tesco enjoyed its strongest Christmas performance in three years

Tesco has hailed its strongest Christmas performance in three years as recession-weary customers bought festive treats and its bumper voucher handout paid off.

The supermarket said like-for-like sales in the six weeks to January 9 grew 4.9%, excluding petrol and adjusted for the change in VAT.

It said its Finest range was a "real winner", growing 16%, while 35% more bottles of Champagne were sold than last year.

Tesco handed out around £100 million in extra loyalty vouchers before Christmas and the firm said around £40 million worth of those were redeemed.

PA