Tesco FD defends group’s festive sales figures

Tesco FD Andrew Higginson has hit out at suggestions that the supermarket
group could be losing its touch after being the leader of the high street over
the last decade.

‘There is something of a Little Englander view on UK trading, but we have
been building a broader platform for growth for the past ten years,’ said

Higginson made the comments as Tesco released figures showing that
like-for-like sales had risen 3.1%, excluding fuel, in the six weeks leading up
to January 5.

But analysts, who had been expecting growth of 4.5%, saw shares fall 13p to
407p. Other retail stores also so disastrous price drops Debenhams prices
plunging 17% and Burberry’s shares dropping 16%, the

Traders however said that Tesco’s like-for-like sales ‘is a big miss and is
significantly below the worst estimates.’

Higginson however maintained that the group would meet profit targets for the
current financial year and drew attention to international sales growth of 26.9%
over the six-week period.

‘“Group sales were up 12.8%, we took £7 billion in the six weeks. That’s a
big number and a big increase on a big number the year before’ said Higginson.

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