Morrisons has seen an 8.2% sales rise in stores open at least a year in the 13 weeks to May 3, excluding fuel and VAT, the company announced today.

The retailer said its first-quarter performance was in line with expectations and its fiscal-year financial outlook was unchanged.

Chief executive Marc Bolland said the results showed Morrisons was set to take the next step from “national to nationwide”.

“This is a particularly good result, which is on top of the similar level of growth we reported in last year’s Q1 update,” Bolland said.