Midlands Co-operative Society, the UK’s second-biggest co-op, has posted a 3.1% hike in like-for-like food sales over Christmas.

The society said sales in its c-stores were up 6.4% in the three weeks to 1 January, with sales in its supermarkets up 3.1%.

Midlands sold over half a million mince pies, 15,000 Christmas puddings and 18,000 turkeys. Sales of fresh food, confectionery and seasonal products were also “very strong”, chief executive Martyn Cheatle said.

“It has been a really successful festive period for the society,” he said.

“The severe winter weather posed a challenge for trading, but thanks to the commitment and hard work of all our all employees all stores traded as normal and our distribution system ensured shelves were well stocked.”

Midlands’ performance comes in stark contrast to that of The Co-operative Group, the UK’s biggest co-op, which yesterday revealed a 3.2% slump in like-for-like food sales in the 13 weeks to 1 January.

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