Swedish retailer ICA Gruppen has posted a like-for-like sales increase of 5.7% across its store estate in November.
Sales across the group's portfolio stood at SEK 10.47 billion (€1.03 billion) in the month, the group said, while sales in the January to November period were up 7.2% to SEK 118.4 billion (€11.6 billion).
In November, the group's Maxi ICA Stormarknad banner was the group's strongest performer, seeing like-for-like sales up 8.4%, while its ICA Nära convenience store business was up 7.6%.
ICA Kvantum was up 3.8% on a like-for-like basis, while ICA Supermarket rose by 3.4%, it added.
ICA Gruppen estimated a negative calendar effect of 2.1% in November. As of 30 November, the number of stores across the group's portfolio totalled 1,266.
Commenting on its performance, Barclays European Food Retail Equity Research said, 'Performances marked a muted sequential acceleration across almost all banners and remain dynamic by historical standards.'
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