By Jonathan Davies

Mobile and electronics retailer Dixons Carphone has said its Christmas period was a "rollercoaster", but predicts higher-than-expected annual profits.

The firm, which owns Carphone Warehouse, PC World and Currys, is expecting profits of between £355m and £375m, up from previously predictions of £354m.

Like-for-like sales were up 7% in the 9 weeks to 3 January.

"The strange shape of this year's Christmas trading was something of a rollercoaster but I am very pleased with the end result," said Dixons Carphone chief executive Sebastian James.

Like a number of other electronic retailers, Dixons Carphone said its Black Friday promotions had negatively impacted on sales over the Christmas period.

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