Good weather and an increase in re-fits have resulted in strong like-for-like sales growth, Somerfield is set to announce at its AGM today.

During the 16 weeks to August 16, like-for-like sales were up 3.2% in the Somerfield fascia. So far, 120 stores have been refitted out of a total Somerfield estate of 591 stores.

However, Kwik Save’s like-for-like sales were down 4.7%. The group blamed the fact that investment in the new Kwik Save fascia is at a very early stage, with only14 stores completed at the end of the year. Growth achieved from the refitted stores has therefore had little impact on sales.

The group said that the investment programme is being accelerated so that by November a further 50 new concept stores will be completed out of a total Kwik Save estate of 661 stores.