Harry Tuffins has reported like-for-like sales growth of 3.88% in the past three months thanks to its former Somerfield stores.

The Welsh Borders-based indie acquired two Somerfields, in Coleford and Lydney, Gloucester-shire, from The Co-op Group in November 2009.

Despite reports of some retailers struggling with former Somerfields, Harry Tuffins MD Paul Delves said the stores were "performing better than our ­average, which is very encouraging". "These are more than pleasing results because we have had three Tesco superstores open in our trading area over the past 18 months," he added.