Trading profit rose 32% to Â£822,000 on sales up 6% to Â£24m in the 21 weeks to June 22, compared with the same period last year. Chief executive Richard Samson said it was the sixth successive year the group had posted a record profit. Sales in the society's 35 food stores rose 7.8% to Â£32m between January 31 and October 2 this year, compared with the same period in 2001.
Samson said the results could be treated as like-for-like because the society had opened only one food store in the past year. Full-year food sales for last year stood at Â£41.5m.
Heart of England Co-op has ploughed Â£150,000 profit from tobacco sales into local communities.