Majestic Wine has kicked off the Christmas trading updates for food and drink retailers, reporting a 4.4% increase in like-for-like sales for the nine weeks to 1 January.

Wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Spain and New Zealand sold particularly well and Champagne sales continued to grow strongly, said Tim How, chief executive of Majestic Wine.

“We are pleased with our sales over the Christmas period,” he added.