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Asda's like-for-like sales rise 2.2%

Asda, the Walmart owned supermarket chain, saw its like-for-like sales grow by 2.2% in its first quarter helped by strong growth in its core grocery division and in childrenswear.

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Asda's like-for-like sales rise 2.2%

Asda, the Walmart owned supermarket chain, saw its like-for-like sales grow by 2.2% in its first quarter helped by strong growth in its core grocery division and in childrenswear.

In the 12 weeks to 31 March, the supermarket increased its customer numbers by 2.9% with average basket spend increasing by 2.1%. Asda said its customers had responded well to its focus on price with its price guarantee scheme attracting 500,000 online checks per week.

The supermarket’s online sales rose 19.2% in the quarter as it continued to develop its multi-channel approach with an increasing focus on mobile.

Three new stores were added in the period taking the total to 544.

Chief executive Andy Clarke said: "I'm proud of the work our stores, depots and teams at Asda House and George House put in during the quarter, to build on our end-of-year momentum and deliver market-leading growth.

"Customers really valued our price leadership, the ongoing improvements in quality and our commitment to warm and friendly service."

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