Hospitality group Whitbread has reported a 12.5% increase in total sales for the 24 weeks to April 18.

In a trading statement to the City, Whitbread also revealed that like-for-like sales for the period rose by 0.6%.

Alan Parker, chief executive of Whitbread, said: “In a difficult trading environment we continue to grow sales, which is a testament to the underlying strength of our businesses.”