Supermarket giant Tesco says UK sales made "solid
progress" in the first few months of the financial year.
Excluding petrol, like-for-like sales - which strip out
the impact of new stores - were up 3.5% in UK stores
during the 13 weeks to 24 May.
The growth was in line with Tesco's forecasts and
However, Tesco said that while UK food sales remained
strong, the rate of growth in non-food sales had slowed
as consumers reined in their spending.
Total UK sales grew by 9.4% in the quarter, while sales
from its international operations increased by 26.6%.
"We've made a good start to the financial year thanks to
the growing breadth of the group and the strength of the
Tesco business model - this has been achieved despite
the more uncertain economic environment," said Tesco
chief executive Terry Leahy.
"Our international operations continue to grow
strongly... We also made solid progress in the UK."