Majestic Wine has posted a rise in H1 turnover and profits. The UK wine business said today (15 November) that continuing sales growth had helped drive first half net profits up to £3.2m compared with £2.9m last year.

Turnover was up to £74.6m from £69.1m for the same period last year.

In a statement, the company's CEO Tim How said: "Sales growth continues to be most encouraging, with UK like-for-like sales in the six weeks from 28 September to 8 November up 10.4%.

"We are very pleased by Majestic's continued progress and see considerable opportunities for further growth."

The company said that the average bottle price of still wine purchased at Majestic is now £5.46, up from £5.31 last year. The average spend per retail transaction has increased to £110 from £104.

How said: "We have seen strong growth in still wine sales particularly from Italy and Chile, which were featured in our successful "15% off" summer promotion, and also from Bordeaux, South Africa and New Zealand."