Bonmarché sales increased by 2.7% for the 13 weeks ended 30 June compared to the same period last year, driven by strong online sales growth.
The value womenswear retailer’s online sales increased by 27.3%, while store sales fell by 1.2% on a like-for-like basis.
The comparatives for these figures were strong, with the online growth in Q1 of FY18 being 39.0% and store only LFL sales being 4.2%.
The company trades from 323 stores and online, up from 322 last year.
Chief executive Helen Connolly said: “The improved sales performance during the first quarter, achieved in a clothing market which, whilst helped to some extent by more seasonal weather, remains challenging, underpins our confidence in the strategy, and the board’s expectations for the full year remain unchanged.”