Tesco sees steady sales

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SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has reported a modest sales growth over Christmas.

The national brand, which opened its first store in Filey in November, in Station Avenue, says it had been “hindered” by the severe winter weather.

Like-for-like sales excluding petrol, rose 0.6 per cent in the six weeks to January 8 from a year earlier.

Non-food sales had been “subdued” as snow and ice disrupted customers travelling to larger stores, it said.

The results follow strong figures from rivals Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, which both have stores in Scarborough.

Shares in the company were down 2.5 per cent in early trading.

However the firm reported strong like-for-like sales of food, while its online business, Tesco Direct saw sales grow by 18%.