Round-up of retailers' Christmas trading

The nation's retailers have been updating us on how their trading went over the Christmas period.

Here is a round-up of what they said.

Period reported Like-for-like sales Comments from the boss

Five weeks to 1 January

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Sales rose 5.9% in the five weeks over Christmas with sales of cards and chocolate doing well.

Ted Baker shop

Ted Baker

Eight weeks to 7 January

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Up 15.7% (Total sales, not like-for-like)

"In a challenging trading environment, this performance is a testament to the strength of the Ted Baker brand, our collections and people." (Raymond Kelvin, chief executive)

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Seven weeks to 7 January

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Down 2.3% (excluding fuel & VAT)

"In a challenging economic environment, we made good progress internationally but despite record sales, we are disappointed with our seasonal trading performance in the UK." (Philip Clarke, chief executive)

Argos store

Argos and Homebase

The last 18 weeks of 2011

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At Argos, down 8.8%. At Homebase, sales fell 2.6%.

"In a trading environment that has been both volatile and demanding, Homebase has again seen more resilient sales." (Terry Duddy, HRG chief executive)



Fourteen weeks to 7 January

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Down 4.2%.

Thorntons expects "continued weakness in consumer sentiment throughout 2012." (Jonathan Hart, chief executive)

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Four trading weeks to 25 December

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Gross sales up 21.8%

"We remain optimistic about continued sales growth." (Andrew Bracey, chief financial officer)

Halfords store


Thirteen weeks to 30 December

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Down 4.8%

"The underlying performance of our business is encouraging as we develop Halfords in line with the changing needs of our customers." (David Wild, chief executive)

Mothercare store


Thirteen weeks to 7 January

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Down 3%

"We have opened our 1,000th store outside the UK and also launched in four new countries - Chile, Colombia, Iraq and Morocco." (Alan Parker, executive chairman)

JD Sports in Liverpool

JD Sports

Five weeks to 7 January

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Up 0.1% (excluding VAT)

"The very recent acquisition of the trading assets and trade of Blacks Leisure will lead to a small reduction in earnings in the current year." (JD Sports statement)

John Lewis

John Lewis

Five weeks to 31 December

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Up 6.2%

"Sales during the four weeks to Christmas Eve were outstanding. During that period we broke the record for our biggest week ever with a total of £133.1m for the week ending 17 December." (Andy Street, managing director)

Waitrose store in Bristol



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Up 3.8%

"More customers than ever before shopped across all our ranges this Christmas, from luxurious festive fare to essential Waitrose trimmings. We've had a very strong Christmas." (Mark Price, managing director)

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1 August to 24 December

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Down 2.7% (Total not like-for-like sales)

"A number of factors have subdued sales in the final quarter and it is hard to judge to what extent warm winter weather and higher levels of competitor discounting masked the deeper, longer lasting, economic effects." (Company statement)

JJB Sports store

JJB Sports

Four weeks to 26 December

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Up 5%

"Our overall trading has improved in the second half of the financial year and we achieved a Christmas trading performance broadly in line with our expectations in the face of an extremely challenging consumer environment." (Keith Jones, chief executive)


Clinton Cards

Five weeks to 1 January

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Up 0.4%

"Going forward, there is clearly more work to be done. Despite a tough retail climate, we remain in line with the board's expectations." (Darcy Willson-Rymer, chief executive)

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Five weeks to 31 December

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Down 8.1%

"The continuing actions to focus the business and to expand our technology offering are beginning to show through. Undoubtedly trading conditions and the consumer environment remain challenging, but we remain confident in HMV's future prospects." (Simon Fox, chief executive)

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Six weeks to 1 January

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Up 0.7% (excluding VAT)

"In 2012, the UK consumer environment will remain cautious despite an anticipated reduction in inflationary pressures." (Dalton Philips, chief executive)

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Marks and Spencer

13 weeks to 31 December

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Up 0.5% (excluding VAT)

"Marks and Spencer performed well in a challenging trading environment. Our food business performed very strongly as customers enjoyed our new and traditional Christmas products." (Marc Bolland, chief executive)

Debenhams store


18 weeks to 7 January

Flat (excluding VAT)

"I am pleased with this performance. We traded well despite the difficult environment, as evidenced by strong sales in December, including record sales in the final week before Christmas." (Michael Sharp, chief executive)

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Majestic Wine

Nine weeks to 2 January

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Up 4%

"We are very pleased with our sales performance over the Christmas period. I am delighted that an increasing number of customers choose to shop with Majestic." (Steve Lewis, chief executive)

Game group shop

Game Group

Eight weeks to 7 January

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Down 12.9%

"Our industry has had an incredibly tough 2011, and so did we. We remain the market leader and have a clear strategy that will return the business to growth." (Ian Shepherd, chief executive)

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The Co-operative Group

Four weeks to 31 December

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Up 3.1% (food stores only)

"These results represent an encouragingly good performance in the very competitive markets in

which we operate and in continuing difficult economic times." (Peter Marks, chief executive)

Sainsbury's trolleys

Sainsbury's Supermarket

14 Weeks to 8 January

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Up 2.1% (excluding petrol)

"This was a strong quarter, rounded off by our best Christmas ever, despite the economic backdrop." (Justin King, chief executive)


Greggs bakers

Five weeks to 7 January

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Up 5.1%

"We anticipate that the tough trading environment will continue during 2012, with consumers' disposable incomes remaining under pressure." (Ken McMeiken, chief executive)

Superdry store

Supergroup, owners of Superdry

Nine weeks leading up to 1 January

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Up 5.8%

"We are pleased to report a solid Christmas period when set against the difficult economic climate, our own distribution issues in the autumn and our exceptionally strong Christmas sales last year." (Julian Dunkerton, chief executive)

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