PayPoint has reported sales growth of 4% for the quarter ending 31 December.

Sales hit £57m, with net sales up 8% to £31m as a result of “growth in bill and general payments, retail services and PayByPhone”, the company said.

Transactions at Collect+, a service that enables users to send parcels to a local shop for collection, achieved growth of 87% as PayPoint increased the number of sites hosting it by 173 to 5,617 in the quarter.

In the UK and Ireland, overall transactions edged up 2%, while retailer services transactions soared 28%. However, top-up sales dropped 11% as a result of ongoing decline in the mobile prepaid sector.

Transactions through PayByPhone were up 42% on last year, and internet transactions were up 4%, the company said, due to a greater focus on e-commerce and m-commerce over the period.

“Overall trading for the period to 31 December 2013 was in line with market expectations, taking seasonality into account,” said PayPoint CEO Dominic Taylor.

“Our retail businesses are continuing to generate satisfactory growth this year. Bringing the e&m [internet and mobile] businesses under single management will provide the opportunity to unlock better growth, which should lead to improved returns on our invested capital in these businesses.”

Overall transactions processed for the quarter - including in the company’s Romanian business - were 206 million, up 6% on the same quarter last year.