Food store and café chain Carluccio's has said that its pre-tax profit is slightly ahead of expectations.

In a trading update released this morning, the chain also said that turnover for the 52 weeks to end 24 September was 24% up on last year and in line with expectations.

It added that it was planning to open a store in The Brunswick, west London, next month, and had also secured a site in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.