Two high street stalwarts that have had a tough time lately emerged as surprise winners in the post-Christmas retail stakes on Tuesday.
Some analysts had expected a fall similar to the chain's performance in the third quarter, when sales dropped 2.6%.
Morrisons has been among the main victims of the flight to discounters Aldi and Lidl, leading to the departure of chief executive Dalton Philips last year.
The chain benefited from a shift away from clothing sales, with 55% of revenue now coming from areas such as cosmetics and beauty products.
It said trading in the four months to December 31 had been very encouraging across all regions, with overall revenue growth of 45%.
Elsewhere, investors pushed white goods retailer AO World (LON:AO.) over the winning line with a 2% rise in its shares after its third quarter results.
The online outfit announced growth across the board in its UK business and said its fledgling German operation had also increased revenue.
So, the winners are in the lead so far, but the British Retail Consortium (BRC) rained on their parade by revealing that retail spending rose by a "disappointing" 0.9% year-on-year in the final quarter of 2015.