Heston helps to boost Waitrose

SUPERMARKET Waitrose said yesterday it had seen Christmas sales jump this year. The shops, part of the John Lewis Partnership, saw a 3.5 per cent jump in like-for-like grocery sales in December. In the week leading up to New Year, total sales rose by 9.7 per cent on last year.

Among the big sellers were items from celebrity chefs Delia Smith and Heston Blumenthal, including Blumenthal’s Hidden Orange and Clementine pudding and Smith’s Classic Christmas Cake Ingredients box.