Majestic Wine reported a "challenging" Christmas in its UK stores

Majestic Wine reported a "challenging" Christmas in its UK stores

Majestic Wine has reported a slight rise in Christmas sales in its UK stores, but admitted the period was “challenging”. 

Like-for-like sales sales in the seven weeks from 13 November were up by 1.1%, the wine retailer said yesterday (8 January). Total sales, including new store openings, were up by 5.1% over the period. 

“While we saw encouraging sales growth over the period, the Christmas trading season was challenging with many consumers leaving their shopping until the very last moment,” said chief executive Steve Lewis. 

Overall, for the first 39 weeks of the financial year, Majestic's sales were up by 0.8%.

In November, the group announced that net sales rose by 7% to GBP6.7m (US$10.7m).

Majestic opened 14 stores in 2012 and currently has 192 stores across the UK. Looking ahead, it says it “sees the potential” to have a total of 330 stores in the country.