Wine retailer Majestic Wine a 5.2% growth in sales for the Christmas trading period spanning the nine weeks from November 1 to January 2.

Chief executive Tim How said: “We are pleased with our sales performance over the Christmas period. Wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Spain, Chile and New Zealand sold very well and Champagne sales grew strongly.”

Majestic has also reshuffled its board. Steve Lewis formerly retail director has been promoted to chief operating officer and Justin Apthorp has joined the board as buying director. Apthorp has managed Majestic’s buying department since 2002.