- Homewares retailer Dunelm said like-for-like sales increased 6% in its fiscal first quarter despite the recent softness in the homewares market and the increased political uncertainty.

Like for like (LFL) sales increased by 6.4% in the first quarter, while total growth was up 7.5% to £262.6m from a year earlier.

The uptick in sales comes despite a mixed backdrop during the quarter.

'The beginning of the quarter was particularly strong, reflecting continued market share gains and the weak comparative period last year. In September trading was mixed, in part reflecting a softer homewares market,' the company said.

Looking ahead, Dunelm said it was ‘confident we can continue to win market share and our expectations for the full year remain unchanged, and also said the launch of its new digital platform would be an important milestone that would 'enhance and extend our offering and customer experience.'

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