The supermarket group also said that sales during the period had remained flat at £5.85bn, reflecting store disposals.
It added that like-for-like sales in the first eight weeks of the second-half increased 5.9% excluding fuel or 6.5% including fuel.
Sir Ken Morrison, chairman of Morrisons, said: “We have more customers now than ever before in our history. Our business is growing again, and we are well on track with our targeted profit improvements.”
He added: “Marc Bolland joins a business moving firmly in the right direction and I have every confidence that he will lead us to future success.”