McColl’s Retail Group has reported a 0.9% dip in like-for-like sales over the Christmas period.

The chain, which has 800 c-stores and 516 CTNs, also revealed total sales rose 4.7% in the six weeks to 11 January.

Chief executive James Lancaster said McColl’s had continued to trade resiliently over Christmas. He added that, unlike other retailers, it does not experience strong seasonal fluctuations in trading because its customers use its stores to purchase everyday essentials throughout the year. 

“I would like to thank all our colleagues who have worked incredibly hard over the period to ensure we bring our customers great quality products and services at the most convenient times,” Lancaster said.

As The Grocer reported last month, McColl’s confirmed it opened 578 stores on Christmas Day versus 500 the year before. Top-selling products on Christmas Day were milk, cranberry sauce, stuffing, foil, and batteries.

It also revealed it had acquired its 800th convenience store in the run up to Christmas.