Morrisons is expected to report strong first-quarter like-for-like sales growth this week.

The retailer will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday and analysts have predicted the supermarket chain will record like-for-like sales of 6.5% to 7%, excluding fuel, for the 13 weeks to 4 May.

“This is doubly impressive when one considers the minimal benefit from store extensions and from maturing space,” analysts at Citigroup told the Independent.