UK wine retailer Majestic saw sales rise over 4% during the Christmas period, the company said today (3 January).

Majestic said like-for-like UK sales rose 4.4% during the nine weeks from 31 October to 1 January.

Chief executive Tim How said: "We are pleased with our sales over the Christmas period. Wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Spain and New Zealand sold particularly well and Champagne sales continued to grow strongly."

The figures represent continued growth at Majestic, which in November said UK sales had risen 6% during the first half of the year.

Half-year pre-tax profits jumped 17% to GBP6.5m (US$12.8m) thanks to rising sales of fine wines, the company said.