UK discount fashion chain Primark is expecting to report a 2% increase in same-store sales for the second half of the year, having opened eight more shops during the interim period.

A trading update released by parent company Associated British Foods today (8 September) indicated that both sales and profit at Primark would be "well ahead" of last year.

The company's full-year results will be announced on 4 November.

The company said it expects to have opened five stores in Spain and three in the UK during the second-half, bringing its total to 181 stores, an 8% increase in selling space over the period.

Anticipated sales growth was, Primark said, despite weak trading in April when poor weather this year contrasted with warm weather and the benefit of Easter trading in the comparative period last year.

The company said that its Spanish stores have "performed well" this half.

Primark also announced the opening of a new distribution centre at Thrapston, Northamptonshire by the end of the financial year, increasing its UK capacity by 50%.