Sales at Oxfam shops were up by 10 per cent in the final two months of 2016, the charity has announced.
Oxfam said sales in its stores and through its online shop totalled £17.3m in November and December, an increase of 10 per cent on the same period in 2015.
This included £638,909 of sales through its online shop, which were 43 per cent higher than in the same period in 2015.
Sales of bought-in new products were up by 14 per cent, which included a 19 per cent rise in the sale of fairly traded and ethical gifts. Food sales, including chocolate and festive fare, were 15 per cent higher year on year.
Sales of donated goods were 9 per cent higher than in the same period in 2015, with 14 per cent growth in men’s and women’s clothing.
Andrew Horton, trading director at Oxfam, said the charity attributed the rise in sales to a combination of factors, including improved shop fronts, longer opening hours and demand for its range of ethical gifts, which are updated from year to year.
Oxfam, which has more than 650 shops in the UK, said business through its online store remained strong at the start of this year, with sales in the first week of January up by 79 per cent on the same week last year.