Over at The Behaviours Agency towers, we’ve been keeping a close eye on all our favourite retailers to see how they performed over the Christmas period.

The likes of HMV seemed to have grabbed the headlines with like for like sales down 10.2% and the threat of store closures over the next few weeks but there was other retailers in different sectors with a similar story.

Check out our list below of the winners and losers and let us know your comments/opinions in the box below.



  • OCADO – up 26.7%
  • John Lewis – Like for like sales up 7.6% to Jan 1st
  • Waitrose – Like for like sales up 5.4%
  • Blacks leisure – Like for like sales up 1.2%
  • Mountain warehouse – Like for like sales up 15.6%
  • Sainsburys – Like for like sales up 3.6% to Jan 8th Ex Petrol
  • Morrisons – Like for like sales up 1% to Jan 2nd
  • Abel & Cole – Sales uplift of 25% over Christmas
  • Marks & Spencers – Up 2.8%
  • House of Fraser – Like for like sales up 8.5%
  • Hobbs – Up 12%
  • Topps Tiles – Like for like sales up 2.2%
  • SuperGroup – (SuperDry fashion brand) + 93.6%
  • Boots – Uk December like for like sales up 3.8%
  • The original factory shop – like for like sales up 5%
  • The Perfume Shop – like for like sales up 2%
  • The Hut (online retailer) like for like sales up 70%
  • BrightHouse – Furniture/Electrical rentals – Up 9.8%
  • Dunelm – Total sales in the 26 weeks to January 1st rose 8.5%
  • Retail bellwether Marks & Spencer generated UK like-for-like growth of 2.8% and market share gains over the Christmas period
  • Burberry reported a 27% hike in revenue to £470m in the three months to December 31 with double digit growth across both their wholesale and retail sectors.
  • Camera specialist Jessops like-for-likes grew 3% over Christmas as “choice and service” helped grow sales.
  • Superdrug Christmas like-for-likes up 1.7% – Superdrug has reported like-for-like sales up 1.7% over Christmas
  • Ikea group profits rise 6% – Furniture giant Ikea has revealed full year net profit growth of 6.1% to €2.7bn.
  • Holland & Barrett like-for-likes up 2.3% in December – Holland & Barrett reported like-for-like sales up 2.3% in December as shoppers sought out health foods over the festive period.


  • HMV – Like-for-like sales down 10.2%
  • Clintons cards – Down 2.1%
  • Debenhams – Down 3% on like for like sales – Blame bad weather.
  • Mothercare – Down 5.8% to Jan 1st
  • H Samuel – Down 2.8%
  • Ernest Jones – Down 5.9%
  • Next – Lost £22m in full price sales. Still expected to meet expectation on profit.
  • Thorntons, the specialist chocolatier, reported like-for-like sales down 5.9%
  • Game UK & Ireland like-for-likes have improved over the Christmas period, declining 0.5%
  • Halfords’ retail like-for-like sales plunged by 6.6% over its Christmas trading period
  • Electricals market leader Dixons, owner of Currys and PC World, reported a 4% fall in like-for-likes at its core UK business over Christmas.
  • The Co-operative Group has reported like-for-like sales fell 3.2% in its food division for its fourth quarter, saying the weather took its toll on footfall and spending patterns.
  • Fashion retailer New Look suffered a 9.1% plunge in like-for-likes at its core UK business during the peak Christmas period,
  • Retail Sector – The stores sector suffered a like-for-like sales decline of 0.3% during the crucial month of December as snow hit sales.
  • Matalan festive like-for-likes slump 4.5%