January 22, 2020 / 7:26 AM / a month ago

WH Smith holiday sales rise on travel demand, U.S. acquisitions boost

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Retailer WH Smith Plc said on Wednesday sales in the 20 weeks to Jan. 18 rose 7%, as more customers shopped at its outlets in airports and railway stations, but turmoil on the British shopping streets led to lower like-for-like sales.

The company, which sells everything from books and sandwiches to Bluetooth headphones, said revenue from its travel division jumped 19% due to a boost from the acquisitions of InMotion and Marshall Retail in the United States.

Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V

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