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Dixons sales up by 8pc

IRISH and UK outlets of Dixons Retail said that "phenomenal" demand for tablet devices drove sales up by 8pc, with the positive returns coinciding with the busy Christmas trading period.

The company -- which operates the Currys, PC World and Dixons Travel chains -- also said that the group's full-year pre-tax profits are expected to be in line with market expectations of an €89m-€101m scale.