With sales from UK shops a year or more old surging by 5.7% in the seven weeks to 7 January, Tesco continues to leave its peers way behind.
Internet sales delivered more than a million orders in the fourweek run-up to Christmas, reasserting its dominance of the home delivery grocery market.
Chief executive Sir Terry Leahy highlighted the 117 vast Tesco Extra hypermarkets as star performing stores where customersflocked to do their onestopshopping. Including sales on its petrol forecourts, Tesco's sales from stores over a year old were up 7.2%.
Tesco's biggest fear is of the backlash against its impact on Britain's towns and cities, where it is accused of putting smaller shops out of business.
With Tesco already taking one in every eight pounds spent on Britain's High Streets, a host of local pressure groups are now joining to campaign against its growth. Tesco has been pushing hard to expand overseas in its quest for sales. International revenues jumped 16.1% in the Christmas and New Year periods.
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