Lidl grocery store stated it had document UK gross sales in December, with an increase of sixteen% on the identical interval in 2016.
Clients purchased about 600 tonnes of Brussels sprouts, 17 million mince pies and greater than 800,000 litres of champagne and prosecco.
The chain opened 9 shops in the course of the vacation interval, bringing the whole retailers to 693 – an increase of forty three on 2016.
Researcher Kantar Worldpanel stated the gross sales figures made Lidl the UK’s quickest-rising grocer in December.
The German firm’s UK chief government Christian Hartnagel stated: “Lidl has had a implausible 2017.”
He added: “Clients got here into our shops to purchase extra of their Christmas gadgets, figuring out they might discover top quality merchandise at market-main costs.”
Lidl stated it had its strongest buying and selling week in UK historical past within the week earlier than Christmas, with a document buying and selling day on the Friday 22 December.
The retailer plans to open its 700th UK retailer early this yr and has announced a new regional distribution centre for Greater London near Luton, which might probably create as much as 1,000 new jobs.
In contrast to British supermarkets, the German firm doesn’t publish like-for-like gross sales figures for the UK which strip out the impression of latest retailer openings. So, the gross sales progress would have been helped by its enlargement since December 2016.
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