- Wm Morrison Supermarkets increased its group like-for-like sales excluding fuel by 3.6% in the 13 weeks to 6 May.

This comprised contributions from retail of 1.8% and wholesale of 1.8%.

Group like-for-like sales including fuel grew 1.9%.

The company is now open for business as a wholesaler, and started supplying its new partner McColl's through a rolling programme of around 25 stores per week during the first quarter.

Overall, wholesale supply initiatives contributed 1.8% to group like-for-like sales, and the group is on track for its targets of £700m of annualised sales by the end of the year and £1bn in due course.

David Potts, chief executive, said: "We are pleased to have made a strong start to the year, again becoming more competitive for customers while delivering growth on growth. We expect to continue to improve in the year ahead."

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