By Marcus Leach

Ted Baker, the high street fashion retailer, has reported their Christmas trading as 'excellent' as sales rose.

Sales in the eight weeks to 7 January were up 15.7% from a year ago, helped by a 7.3% rise in new retail space.

"In a challenging trading environment, this performance is a testament to the strength of the Ted Baker brand, our collections and people," said founder and chief executive Raymond Kelvin, who received a CBE in the New Year Honours.

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