Bad weather hits Tesco sales

Supermarket giant Tesco today said severe winter weather hindered its Christmas trading performance as it posted modest 0.6% like-for-like sales growth.

The UK's biggest supermarket said the heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures particularly hit its non-food offering as customers were unable to travel to their larger stores.

Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive, said: "Our performance remains solid but was hindered in the run up to the important Christmas trading period in the UK by the disruptive effects of the severe winter weather conditions."

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