Tesco’s finance director Andrew Higginson said he expected a return to more “normal levels” of 3-4% like for like sales growth next year. His comments came as the group posted third quarter like-for-like sales growth of 6.9% in the 14 weeks to November 15 - its best quarterly figure for over two years.

In total, UK sales grew 14.6%. International sales were up 31%, which contributed to an overall group sales growth figure of 17.5%.