Morrisons gives a strong start to festive trading updates from Big Four supermarkets
PUBLISHED: 08:44 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:44 09 January 2018
Holding back on price rises for customers helped supermarket Morrisons enjoyed an “especially strong” festive season.
The Bradford-based chain posted a 2.1% rise in like-for-like sales in the 10 weeks to January 7 after resisting price hikes despite surging costs – with a basket of key Christmas items the same price as in 2016.
For the six-week Christmas and New Year period same-store retail sales rose by 2.8%, Morrisons said.
Group like-for-like sales excluding fuel increased 2.8% over the 10 weeks – including a 0.7% rise in wholesale trading – while online sales grew by more than 10%.
Morrisons kicks off the festive trading updates from the Big Four supermarkets with a better-than-expected set of numbers. Analysts had pencilled in a 1.7% rise in group comparable sales.
David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons, said: “More and more customers found more things they wanted to buy at competitive prices at Morrisons this Christmas.
“Our plans to become a broader and stronger business are progressing well, with another period of positive like-for-like sales and the start of the rolling programme to supply McColl’s,” he added.
Morrisons shares lifted 4% after its better-than-expected trading update, sparking gains for rivals Sainsbury’s and Tesco, up 3% and 1% respectively.