MORRISONS have reported that like-for-like sales were up 2.3% in the first quarter of this year.

Retail sales were up by just 0.2% while wholesale sales were 2.1% in the 13 weeks to May 5.

The Bradford-based company reported this morning that like-for-like sales including fuel were up 2.7%.

Total sales were up 2.4% excluding fuel (2.9% including fuel).

The Morrisons share price fell this morning on the news.

The company said retail sales performance was again robust.

A statement said: "We achieved a positive LFL in Q1 for the fourth consecutive year, despite political and economic uncertainty continuing to impact consumer confidence.

"Sales during the important Easter period were again strong, with LFL up 1.7% on last year and 3.4% on a two-year basis. Our wholesale business continued to make good progress."

The company said the first McColl’s conversions to Morrisons Daily, and MPK conversions to both Morrisons Daily and Safeway Daily have started well, with strong sales increases.

Chief executive David Potts said: “We are improving the shopping trip and becoming more competitive for customers, and are pleased with another quarter of positive like-for-like sales.

“We will continue this important work, including on those favourite items we know our customers want to buy at Morrisons.”

Morrisons expect the market to remain competitive and challenging. However, the company remains confident that it still has many sales and profit growth opportunities ahead, and continues to expect that growth to be both meaningful and sustainable.