Like-for-like sales at Asda declined by 1.3% excluding petrol in the final three months of 2019, on the back “challenging market conditions”.
Parent company Walmart said Asda’s core food business proved “more stable” than clothing in the fourth quarter.
Asda’s home shopping operation saw growth of 10.3% year on year, while its same-day delivery service was rolled out to 284 stores during the quarter.
A one-hour click and collect service was trialled in two stores and will now be extended across the chain.
Asda ceo and president Roger Burnley said: “We continued to improve our price position versus the previous quarter, and year on year, whilst our trusted combination of great value and quality ranges with a touch of Asda personality resonated strongly with customers.
“We continue to develop our store proposition, maximising our space and testing new concepts for our customers. During the quarter we refreshed seven stores – including a £5m refurbishment of our Edinburgh Jewel store, which sees us working with new partners to further enhance our customer offer.
“Throughout the quarter we implemented trials with new partners including Sushi Daily and Claire’s Accessories in a number of stores, and this is an approach that we will continue to thoughtfully grow in 2020 as we deliver our partnerships strategy.”