January 13, 2011 / 11:39 AM / in 7 years

UPDATE 1-Forzani says cold weather boosts holiday sales

* Retail system sales up 7 pct on same-store basis

* Total retail system sales rises 6.5 pct

* Co says January sales continue to perform to plan

Jan 13 (Reuters) - Forzani Group Ltd FGL.TO, Canada’s largest sporting goods retailer, said total retail system sales for the 10-week period ended Jan. 9 were up 6.5 percent as the cold weather boosted Christmas sales. Forzani, which operates more than 550 retail outlets under banners such as Sport Chek and National Sport, said retail system sales -- retail sales from corporate and franchise stores -- rose 7 percent for the holiday season on a same-store basis. The holiday season period covers the first 10 weeks of the fourth quarter, including Christmas and Boxing Week.

Corporate same-store sales were up 9.4 percent, while franchise retail same-store sales grew 2.7 percent. (Reporting by Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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