Carphone Warehouse has recorded a 10.6% rise in first quarter like-for-like sales as shoppers shifted to buying high-end smartphones.

The mobile phone specialist reported group like-for-likes rose 13.2% excluding its struggling French division, which it is exiting, in the quarter to June 29.

Carphone said UK like-for-like sales growth was “particularly strong” with year-on-year growth in its phone contracts business and a continued shift towards high-end smartphones driving higher revenue per connection.

In mainland Europe, the retailer said it enjoyed “encouraging performances in a number of markets, with positive like-for-like revenue outside France”.

Sales in its Virgin Mobile France division fell 15.1% in the quarter.

Carphone Warehouse deputy chairman Roger Taylor said: “We have enjoyed a good first quarter with strong like-for-like revenue and connections growth, and we are reiterating the guidance we gave when we presented our final results for 2012-13 in late June.

“Post-pay sales in the UK were particularly strong, continuing the momentum of the previous quarter, as our offers and service continue to resonate with the customer.”

He added: “We believe the group is well positioned following the strategic moves we have made and we are focused on replicating the UK’s operational execution across Europe and bringing our Connected World capabilities to other business partners, including our recently announced partnerships with Media Markt/Saturn and Metro Group.”