A last minute dash to the high street by Christmas shoppers saw Greggs, the bakers, register a record week’s performance, despite stagnant full-year like-for-likes. In the Christmas week ending 25 December 2010 total sales increased 19.6% and like-for-like sales by 16.0%. Total sales for the five-week Christmas trading period to 8 January 2011 grew by 3.5% with like-for-like sales increasing by 0.6%. During the period Greggs saw a 26% increase in coffee sales and growth of 19% in sales of sweet mince pies. It meant that in the full year to 1 January 2011 total sales increased by 2.2% and like-for-like sales were up 0.2%. Greggs increased its estate, after deducting for closures, by 68 stores during the year to take it to 1,487. Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, said: "I am very pleased with both our record Christmas week sales and our new shop opening programme, particularly considering how difficult the trading conditions on high streets were in the run up to Christmas. "I can't speak highly enough about our people both for the smooth handling of our expansion programme and for the remarkable dedication that they have shown in keeping our shops open and our supply chain functioning during the exceptionally bad weather during November and December. "Despite the impact of the snow, we anticipate reporting full year results in line with expectations when we make our preliminary results announcement on 16 March 2011. The consumer environment in the year ahead is likely to continue to be challenging but we remain well positioned to make further progress in 2011 and expect to open around 80 net new shops, creating more than 700 new jobs."