Marks & Spencer said store ambience helped group like-for-like sales rise 10% in the second quarter, while consumer demand for quality products has seen its share of the food market grow.

For the 12 weeks to September 28 like-for-like sales of food were up 6% buoyed by innovation and strong, cohesive marketing, the company said.

Like-for-like sales of clothing, footwear and gifts were up 13.2%, with womenswear and menswear doing better than a “disappointing performance in childrenswear”, despite the launch of David Beckham’s range in September.

M&S said Home sales benefited this quarter from a strong August Bank Holiday furniture event.

Chief executive Roger Holmes said: “I am very pleased with these results, albeit delivered against our own weak comparatives and in buoyant High Street conditions.

“We expect high street conditions to normalise as the year progresses but we know we can do even more to create a better shopping experience for our customers and to recover lost ground.”