• Q2 sales up 3.2%
  • Like-for-likes up 1.3%
  • Non-food growing at nearly three times the rate of food

Supermarket retailer J Sainsbury posted a 3.2% increase in second quarter sales, boosted by revenue growth for the company's non-food ranges.

The UK company, whose Tu clothing brand celebrated its fifth birthday in September, said non-food sales were now growing at nearly three times the rate of food.

The sales hike follows the launch of the company's non-food ranges online in July, although it does not yet offer clothing on its website - unlike rival Tesco, which relaunched its online clothing offer earlier this month.

Total sales for the 16 weeks to 3 October were up 3.2%, or 6.8% excluding fuel, Sainsbury's said.

Like-for-like sales rose 1.3%, or 4.6% excluding fuel.

Chief executive Justin King said he expected market growth to slow in the coming months due to reduced inflation, but claimed that the retailer was well-positioned for the future.

"The Sainsbury's brand continues to perform well in what remains a challenging consumer environment," he added.

"Our non-food ranges are performing well and growing at nearly three times the rate of food.

"Our Tu clothing range celebrated its fifth anniversary in September and is now a well-established and popular part of our offer."