Woolworths will warn its shareholders today that current trading remains difficult.

In a statement ahead of its annual general meeting later today, the high street retailer said that in the 19 weeks to June 10, like-for-like sales had decreased by 6.7% and total group sales by 0.4%.

Gerald Corbett, chairman of Woolworths, said: “Trading in the retail part of the business has remained difficult. We anticipate that the retail environment will continue to be challenging.”