Tesco has recorded solid third quarter growth, with group sales up by 11.8%.

In the UK, total sales for the thirteen weeks ending 24th November 2007 increased by 7.6%. Like-for-like sales for the quarter increased by 4.1% excluding petrol.

International sales were up 25.7% at actual exchange rates and by 21.4% at constant rates. This included a particularly strong performance in Asia, where sales grew by 29% at constant rates.

Tesco Direct and tesco.com internet grocery business both delivered strong sales in the quarter, said the retailer.

“We've maintained pleasing progress during the third quarter across the group,” said Tesco chief executive, Terry Leahy.

“Overall sales growth has strengthened in the period, with international delivering a particularly strong performance.

“The UK has again done well, with good growth in our core food categories. Our first Fresh & Easy stores in the United States have been very well-received by customers.”