Drinks retailer Majestic Wine's half-year pre-tax profit to 26 September rose 17% to £6.5m on sales up £7.6m to £88.3m.

Like-for-like sales rose 6.2% while website orders were up 43%. Three new stores were opened during the period, with plans to open a further five stores in the second half of the year.

“I am very pleased with our first half performance and the rate of new store openings,” said Tim How, chief executive of Majestic Wine.

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