Co-op reports festive sales increase

SALES at Lincolnshire Co-operatives’s foodstores rose by 7.4 per cent over the festive season

the company said its customers picked up 57,000 tins of sweets and 50,000 boxes of mince pies overfive weeks up to January 7.

During this time, special shopping days were held at 22 stores, offering 10 times the dividend to members, along with activities including tastings, raffles, fancy dress, performances from local bands and choirs.

The company’s pharmacy teams also had a busy December with more than 400,000 prescription items dispensed during the month.

Lincolnshire Co-operative’s chief executive Ursula Lidbetter said: “We’re delighted with the sales our dedicated team of staff were able to produce over the Christmas and New Year period.

“In the current climate, customers want value and they want to shop locally. We provide that through our wide network of community foodstores, near to where people live and work.

“In 2012, we’ll be working hard to keep our customers and members satisfied. We’ve got a number of exciting projects planned for the year, including opening new outlets, providing new services and a wide programme of community activity.”