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McColl's reports 'resilient' festive trading

Newsagent and convenience store chain McColl's said it traded “resiliently” over the Christmas and New Year period.

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McColl's reports 'resilient' festive trading

Newsagent and convenience store chain McColl's said it traded “resiliently” over the Christmas and New Year period.

In the six weeks to 11 January, total sales rose by 4.7% but like-for-like sales dipped by 0.9%.

The retailer said it opened 578 McColl's convenience stores on Christmas Day, compared to 500 in 2013. Some of the top sellers on Christmas Day were milk, cranberry sauce, stuffing, foil and batteries.

In the run up to Christmas, McColl's also acquired its 800th convenience store.

James Lancaster, McColl’s chief executive, said: "I am delighted to announce a solid trading performance over Christmas and New Year. I would like to thank all our colleagues who have worked incredibly hard over the period to ensure we bring our customers great quality products and services at the most convenient times. I am also pleased to report the opening of our 800th convenience store, another significant milestone reached."

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