But margins and profits have suffered. Overall sales for the quarter rose 13 per cent to just over£1bn. But while like-for-likes across the business were up 6.5 per cent, they were down 1 per cent at constant currency rates and retail gross profit was down 3.7 per cent at constant exchange rates.
The company said the fall in gross profit and margin – which is expected to be down 150 basis points for the full year – was the result of a "deliberately aggressive trading stance to grow market share."
Talk Talk broadband revenues were down 2 per cent.
Reviews of the structure and financial disclosure policy of the company are underway.