Greggs boosted by mince pies

Baker Greggs posted better-than-expected sales over the Christmas and new year period as shoppers snapped up record numbers of sweet mince pies, festive bakes and giant gingerbread men. The Newcastle-based firm, which also sells bread, sandwiches and to over 6m customers a week, said sales at stores open over a year jumped 5.1 per cent in the five weeks to 7 January. That compares with a third quarter rise of 0.8 per cent.