Italian restaurant and deli chain Carluccio's has reported an 18% increase in turnover for the 16 weeks to 13 January.

The chain has recently opened two stores in Stratford upon Avon and Manchester and had also secured sites in Heathrow Terminal 5, St Pancras International station and Cambridge.

Christmas trading was “firm”, Carluccio's said, adding, “the company's all-day trading model with a low average spend of £12 a head will continue to be of benefit in trading conditions that are undoubtedly more challenging than a year ago”.