WH Smith has announced it delivered a \u201cgood performance\u201d over the Christmas trading period, with total revenue up 7% for the 20 weeks ended 18 January.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTotal revenue was also up 19% in the group\u2019s travel business, with like-for-like revenue up 3%. The retailer said its UK travel arm saw \u201cgood sales growth\u201d, with \u201cstrong sales per passenger driven by [its] initiatives and ongoing investment\u201d.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, the group\u2019s high street business delivered \u201csustainable profit\u201d and \u201cgood cash generation\u201d, though total revenue and like-for-like revenue both fell by 5%. Gross margin was \u201cahead of plan\u201d, however, and the group said that it has identified \u00a33m of additional cost savings.\r\n\r\nThe group plans to open 15 to 20 new UK units this year, and following its \u201csuccessful\u201d partnership with Well Pharmacy, it also plans to open a new flagship pharmacy format at Heathrow Terminal 2.\r\n\r\nGrowth of its travel business outside of the UK also \u201cprogressed well\u201d in the period. This follows the group\u2019s acquisition of Marshall Retail Group last December, which operates across airports, resorts and other tourist retail channels throughout the US.\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe group said that its store opening programme for MRG remains \u201con track\u201d, and it will be opening a further eight units in the US, including MRG, WH Smith and InMotion branded stores.\r\n\r\nThe group has also made \u201cgood progress\u201d outside the US, with plans to open three new units in Berlin Brandenburg Airport. WH Smith Travel now operates over 600 stores outside of the UK, and over 590 stores in the UK, a total of nearly 1,200 Travel stores across 32 countries.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nCarl Cowling, group chief executive, said: "During the period, we completed the acquisition of MRG ahead of plan and integration into the Group is progressing well. This acquisition is in line with our strategic focus to grow travel, almost doubles the size of our International Travel business and accelerates growth in the US, the world's largest travel retail market.\u201d\u00a0\r\n\r\nHe added: "In UK travel, we have seen continued growth across all our key channels and we are on track to open a new flagship pharmacy format at Heathrow Terminal 2 this summer. Our High Street strategy continues to deliver through continued gross margin gains and tight cost control.\r\n\r\n\u201cLooking ahead, we are on track for the current year and as we continue to grow our share of the global travel retail market, the group is well positioned for the years ahead."