By Marcus Leach

High street retailer Clinton Cards have reported weakened sales for the Christmas period.

A statement from the company said that like-for-like sales, which exclude the effects of stores opening or closing, rose 0.4% in the 5 weeks to January 1st.

However, in the 22 weeks to January 1st, though, like-for-like sales fell 1.4%.

"Going forward, there is clearly more work to be done," chief executive Darcy Willson-Rymer said.

"Despite a tough retail climate, we remain in line with the board's expectations."

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