Wal-Mart, the US grocery retailer, has reported its fourth quarter and final year figures, citing “another good year in a very tough and competitive marketplace” for the UK multiple.

International division sales were $16.8bn in Q4, up 17.4% on the same period last year.

At Asda, total like-for-like sales for 2004 were up by a percentage figure in the mid single-digits and food like-for-likes at the low end of the mid single-digit range, with the strongest performance in fresh food and the Extra Special own-label, which grew more than 50%.

In non-food George like-for-like sales increases were in the high single-digits, general merchandise in the low double-digits and specialty like-for-likes increased by well into the double-digits. Entertainment, the re-launched Homeware range and jewellery performed particularly strongly.