Strong sales for Co-op

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THE Southern Co-operative has announced strong sales growth during the Christmas trading period

Like-for-like sales were 3.4 per cent higher than the previous year during the peak fortnight ending on December 30.

Chief executive Mark Smith said: ‘We were particularly pleased with like-for-like increases in excess of five per cent in chilled food and produce categories as core stores beat the challenging forecasts they had been set.’