Spar wholesaler Appleby Westward, which distributes to nearly 300 stores in the South West, has reported like-for-like sales growth of 1.9% for the four weeks to 10 January - its sixth consecutive quarter of growth.

MD Mark McCammond said that while it had been a difficult trading period for the mults, Appleby Westward had benefited from consumers making more shopping trips to c-stores over the festive period.