Greggs has reported like-for-like sales up 5.4% for the 11 weeks to 13 September and up 3.5% for the year to date.

Announcing the interim results, CEO Roger Whiteside said the “strong” performance reflects a “positive response from customers to new product initiatives, improved service, better value and our investment in shop refurbishments alongside more favourable trading conditions.”

“Whilst we face tougher comparatives in the final quarter the combination of strong sales performance, lower costs and our outlook for the remainder of the year means that we now anticipate full year profits to be materially ahead of our previous expectation.”

Whiteside said since the start of the year Greggs has refitted 153 shops. It aims to complete 200 by the end of the year. It also opened 32 new shops in the year to date and closed 43 poor performing units. It now has 1660 shops, including 42 franchised operations.

“We plan to continue making good operational progress,” added Whiteside. “Our sales-driving initiatives have been delivered in more favourable trading conditions than we had expected with no adverse weather impacts so far this year.

“We expect to continue rolling out new initiatives, in line with our strategy, in the months ahead Whilst we face tougher comparatives in the final quarter the combination of strong sales performance, lower costs and our outlook for the remainder of the year means that we now anticipate full year profits to be materially ahead of our previous expectation.