US food distributor and retailer Supervalu has reported second quarter sales up by 6% to $4.59bn in the wake of 93 new store openings.

Pre-tax profit was up $5.7m to $99m compared with $93.3m last year. Supervalu chief executive Jeff Noddle said he was enthusiastic about the group’s future. He added: “The underpinnings of our business are strong.”