Dixons benefits from Comet’s demise

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The owner of PC World and Currys reported a bigger-than-expected surge in Christmas sales, boosted by the demise of rival Comet.

Dixons Retail said like-for-like sales in the UK and Ireland were up eight per cent in the 12 weeks to January 5, despite administrators for the failed retailer holding a clearance sale for the vast bulk of the period.

The group said sales of tablet computers were “phenomenal”, with more than a million sold in the UK and Ireland over the period, with five a second in the week before Christmas.


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