Like-for-like food sales rose 2% at Midlands Co-operative Society in the three weeks to 5 January.

Total sales rose 9.8% during the period, which the society said was down to growth and acquisitions.

It added that it shifted 283,500 boxes of mince pies, 22,000 packs of sprouts and 11,000 kg of parsnips over the period.

However, like-for-likes in its fashion and home businesses dropped 10.7% due to “ongoing market pressure”.

“The busy festive period is a key time for retailers and it is very pleasing to be able to announce that, once again, Midlands Co-operative has improved its sales performance in our core food business compared to last year,” said CEO Martyn Cheatle.

“The ongoing economic difficulties continue to present all businesses with challenges and our fashion and home business has come under particular pressure as a result of this.  However, we are confident that our clear strategy for growth combined with the hard work and commitment of colleagues and support of our members and customers will continue to enable Midlands Co-operative to grow and prosper.”