Fishmonger and restaurant chain FishWorks has reported a half-year pre-tax loss of £2.6m.

Sales rose 1.4% to £5.2m for the six months to 31 January, which FishWorks said had been a “period of challenge and change”.

The group was continuing to cut costs, reduce waste and improve margins and was also looking at the possibility of selling non-core assets to reduce debt and provide capital for expansion, added CEO Paul Goodale.