The German-owned chain said December takings in UK stores were up over 15 per cent on the previous year.
It benefited from opening dozens of new outlets, but stores open for at least a year were also positive.
Total sales across its Specially Selected premium range, which Aldi expects to exceed £750million in 2017, were up 27 per cent.
Argentinian Malbec, mince pies and a 30-day aged roasting joint were the top sellers.
It also sold over 2 million bottles of Prosecco.
Aldi UK chief executive Matthew Barnes said: “We start 2017 in confident mood.”
THE chief executive of Bovis Homes has resigned less than a fortnight after the house-builder posted a profit warning.
David Ritchie, who has led the Kent-based FTSE 250 builder since 2008, is standing down immediately, with finance director Earl Sibley becoming interim boss while a search for a permanent successor is undertaken over several months.
Ritchie’s departure follows Bovis’s admission late last year that some completions of its homes would be delayed, resulting in lower profits than the market had expected.
This contrasted with upbeat reports from other leading builders.
LLOYDS Banking Group’s return to private ownership passed a “key milestone” after the Government sold down its stake.
The UK taxpayer, which took a 43 per cent stake after a £20billion bailout of Lloyds during the financial crisis, now owns 5.95 per cent, leaving asset management giant Blackrock the biggest investor.
Over £18billion has been returned to the taxpayer.
Lloyds chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said: “That the UK Government is no longer our largest shareholder is a key milestone in the journey of Lloyds Banking Group back to full private ownership, returning taxpayers’ money at a profit."
WILLIAM Hill fell foul of punter-friendly racing including Thistlecrack’s victory in the King George VI Chase, as well as the worst Boxing Day football results in memory.
Shares in the bookmaker, which is looking for a permanent chief executive after ousting James Henderson last summer over poor online trading, fell 6p to 291½p as annual operating profit was £260million, some £20million below previous expectations.
Eighteen of the top 20 best-backed football teams won on Boxing Day.
Thousands of accumulators were landed, with one customer winning £103,000 for a £20 stake.