• Q3 sales up 6.2% (6.3% excluding fuel)
  • Like-for-likes up 3.8%
  • Non-food growing at four times the rate of food

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's posted a 3.8% increase in third quarter like-for-like sales, boosted by "good growth" from its clothing ranges.

Total sales for the period to 2 January were up 6.2%, or 6.3% excluding fuel.

Like-for-likes excluding fuel and VAT rose 4.2%.

Chief executive Justin King said the retailer's non-food range grew at more than four times the rate of food during the quarter, thanks to infrastructure investment and good growth in clothing.

The January sale had started well, he added, despite a "challenging" consumer environment.

"Our universal customer appeal, together with our accelerated growth plans, means we are well placed to make continued good progress in 2010," King said.