The 10 biggest retail winners and losers of Christmas 2014

The season of cheer and Black Friday brought mixed fortunes for Britain's retailers.

by Jack Torrance
Credit: John Lewis
Credit: John Lewis

Winners

Asos

It would be fair to say the online fashion retailer had a lousy 2014. A fire at its Barnsley fulfilment centre, a string of profit warnings and difficulty overseas thanks to the strength of the pound hit its share price hard. Christmas brought better news though. Sales in the six weeks to January 9th were up 15%, which sent its share price up 6%.  

Fortnum & Mason

It was a big year for the 300-year old department store, which opened its first outlet outside the UK in Dubai in March. Well-heeled Londoners and wealthy tourists helped Fortnum's rake in its highest Christmas revenues ever, with sales in the five weeks to January 4th up 18.3%.

Greggs

Don't call it a bakery. Greggs has ditched its in-store cake makers in favour of a focus on coffee, sandwiches and other food for the worker on-the-go, in a bid to turn its fortunes around. It seems to have paid off – like-for-like sales in the five weeks to January 4th were up 8.2%. 

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