Specialist retailer Topps Tiles has reported an improving sales trend over its second quarter.

The retailer posted a 0.2% uptick in like-for-likes sales for the 26 weeks to March 30, driven by an improving performance during the second quarter as like-for-like sales increased by 1.8%.

However Topps Tiles’ total sales for the half year were down slightly to £108.8m from £109.4m in the comparable period last year.

Topps Tiles said the effect of weather conditions last year and a later Easter this year has benefited like-for-like sales over the quarter by around 1.6%.

Topps said the “continued execution” of its strategy, which includes launching new product ranges, refitting and restructuring its store portfolio and building on its team of experts, is enabling it to outperform the overall tile market.

Chief executive Matthew Williams said: “Developing and reinforcing our specialism in tiles is at the heart of our growth strategy. I am encouraged by our overall performance in the first half and believe the successful execution of this strategy is enabling us to outperform the overall tile market.

“Our commercial business is growing at pace and we remain open to opportunities to accelerate its expansion.”