Convenience food manufacturer Uniq has reported a 4% increase in first-half overall group sales.

UK sales rose by more than 5% in the six months to 30 June, Uniq said in a trading update, boosted by operational changes and a strong performance of its major customer relationships.

Northern Europe sales were up 2% while sales in France rose 4%.

“The first half of the year has been in line with our expectations and we are encouraged by the improving sales trend overall,” the group added.