Store’s sales surge

Sainsbury’s has beaten what it called “challenging weather conditions” as it reports its “best ever” Christmas sales.

Like-for-like sales excluding petrol, which excluded sales from new stores, rose by 3.6 per cent in the 14 weeks to January 8 from a year earlier.

The UK’s third-largest supermarket chain, which has a superstore in Falsgrave as well as smaller stores in Ramshill Road and Seamer Road, said non-food sales had grown particularly strongly.

The group said it had created nearly 6,000 new jobs over the period.