Toys helped to boost non-food sales over Christmas period; Group sales increased by 7.5 per cent.
In the UK, total sales outperformed the industry as a whole, increasing by 8.3 per cent in the six weeks to January 9th, compared with the same period last year (eight per cent excluding petrol).
Like-for-like sales excluding petrol and including VAT increased by 5.1 per cent in the period (4.9 per cent VAT- adjusted. These figures represent the strongest Christmas performance for three years.
Non-food performance continued to strengthen with improving like-for-like sales, driven by particularly good growth in clothing, electricals and toys.
Online sales also increased in both food and non-food with total growth approaching 20 per cent in the six weeks. Tesco Direct had sales growth of over 50 per cent, again showing a strong performance in toys, TVs, games and entertainment.
Terry Leahy, chief executive, commented: “We’ve delivered a very strong performance over the Christmas and New Year period. It was a great Christmas for Tesco customers with an excellent seasonal range in store and online.
“The Tesco team delivered a great shopping trip for customers and I’d like to thank all our staff and also our suppliers for their tremendous efforts, particularly during the freezing weather.”
Internationally, there was continued growth over the Christmas and New Year period, delivering a total International sales (excluding petrol) increase of 4.1 per cent at constant exchange rates and 2.4 per cent at actual exchange rates.
In Europe, sales grew by 0.8 per cent at constant exchange rates (excluding petrol) and decreased by 2.2 per cent at actual rates (excluding petrol).
In Asia, sales increased by 7.8 per cent at constant exchange rates and eight per cent at actual rates.
In the US, Fresh & Easy had a stronger Christmas and New Year period than last year, with total sales growth of 35 per cent at constant exchange rates (24 per cent at actual rates) and strongly positive like-for-like sales growth.