Canadian grocery retailer Sobeys has reported an increase of 11.5% to C$46.7m (US$36.1) in its first quarter profit, helped by a 9.1% increase in sales.

Sales for the first quarter were C$3.01bn compared to C$2,76bn for the same quarter last year.

The company puts its success in sales and profit down to key merchandising and productivity initiatives, according to media reports.