Discount fashion chain Primark has seen revenues rise 14% in the first half, its owner Associated British Foods (ABF) today (12 July)

It said sales growth was driven by an increase in retail selling space combined with further like-for-like sales growth.

Over the 16 weeks ended 23 June, sales in the retail division increased 13%.

Consolidated sales across the group as a whole, which include its sugar, agriculture and grocery divisions rose 13% in the quarter and 11% over the half-year.

Since the end of the first-half, the company said the monthly sales pattern has seen more variability than usual as a result of the unseasonal weather.

Trading in the UK and Ireland  during the quarter was good with the exception of April when cold and wet weather led to weak sales, the company said, while trading in continental Europe remained "healthy" throughout the period.

"As anticipated, operating margins are improving in the second half reflecting lower input costs," ABF added.