However, group like-for-like sales for the quarter to August 17 fell by 0.3%. But in the second eight weeks of the period, group like-for-like sales grew by 2.1% following a 2.6% fall in the first eight weeks.
Like-for-like sales at Somerfield stores fell by 0.7% over the 16 week period, including growth of 0.4% in the last eight weeks, following a 1.9% decline over the first eight weeks.
Kwik Save like-for-like sales grew by 0.4% over the period, including a 4.4% rise in the second eight weeks, following a 3.5% decline in the first eight weeks.
Executive chairman John von Spreckelsen told shareholders that its recovery programme was concentrating on “the improvement of the customer offer in both fascias”.
He said capital expenditure had been directed into the refit programme for the Somerfield fascia, minor refits and new trial stores at Kwik Save, as well as supply chain and IT systems improvements.
He added that construction on the new North West Depot site started in August 2002.