European convenience foods group Uniq has said that its group sales for the first five months of the financial year have increased 2%.

In a trading statement released this morning, the group also said that in the UK, sales had increased 3% in the first five months of the financial year.

It added that the actions it had taken to increase prices and reduce costs across the business had had a significant impact, although progress in the recovery of its Minsterley desserts business was behind plan.

Sales in Northern Europe were up 4%, although sales in France fell 2% during the period.

Geoff Eaton, chief executive of Uniq, said: “Twelve months into our turnaround programme, I am pleased with overall progress in our recovery initiatives in the UK and Northern Europe.”

He added: “The recent changes at Minsterley are showing early promise, but the German salads market remains challenging.”