UK supermarket giant Tesco's Q3 sales figures show the company's growth continuing to beat market expectations.
For the 14 weeks to November 20 total group sales increased 12.2 percent, with a 12.3 percent rise in total UK sales - up on last quarter's surge of 11.8 percent.
Tesco's recorded a like-for-like sales growth of 9.8 percent - this translates as 7.5 percent not counting petrol sales, which benefited from lucrative price cutting.
A Tesco spokesperson said: "Petrol volumes continued to grow exceptionally strongly during the third quarter, helped by our efforts to keep fuel prices down during a period of rising oil prices."
Non-food category sales were also up as the retailer continues to expand its market share in the run up to Christmas. Photography and kitchen goods were among low-priced electrical items predicted to perform well, a spokesperson said.
Tesco also forecasts strong fourth quarter results due to an additional 1.4 million square feet of selling space.
Data sourced from The Times Online (UK); additional content by WARC staff