Supermarket group Sainsbury's has said it is "pleased" with its performance over the festive period after recording robust growth in sales.
Supermarkets have enjoyed buoyant Christmas sales
Excluding fuel, like-for-like sales - which ignore the impact of new stores - rose 5% in the 12 weeks to 30 December.
Sales were at a record in the week before Christmas, and online sales in Christmas week rose by more than 60%.
Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King said the figures showed the company's recovery remained firmly on track.
Including fuel, like-for-like sales were up 4.2%. Total sales for the quarter rose 5.8%, and were up 6.8% when fuel was excluded.
The supermarket said it saw strong sales of its premium and organic products, with sales of its Taste the Difference own-brand range posting growth of about 20%.
Closing the gap
Sainsbury's is the second supermarket to report record pre-Christmas sales.
On Wednesday, Morrisons said it had enjoyed record sales in the week before Christmas, helping like-for-like sales rise 6.3% in the six weeks to 7 January from a year earlier.
The strong festive demand has helped Sainsbury's close the gap on Asda, the UK's second-largest supermarket chain, figures have shown.
Research firm TNS Worldpanel said Sainsbury's increased its market share from 16.2% to 16.4% in the 12 weeks to the end of December. Asda's share remained at 16.6%.
Even so, the sector remains dominated by Tesco. The TNS survey found Tesco's market share over the festive period rose to 31.4%, from 30% in 2005.