WINE merchant Majestic has recorded like-for-like UK store sales growth of 2.8% for the 10 weeks to January 6.
The company said sales had been boosted by purchases of wine bottles costing more than £20.
Steve Lewis, chief executive, said he felt more customers were treating themselves to "fine wine" over the festive period.
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The result brings the growth figure for the first 40 weeks of the financial year to 0.8%.
Shares closed down 17.5p, or 3%, at 530.5p.