Supermarket operator Alon Holdings Blue Square reported total sales down 0.2% to ILS1.92bn (£330m) in the third quarter ended September 30 as a result of a decrease in non-food revenue. This was partially offset by a 0.2% increase in like-for-like sales, compared with a 2.5% decline in the prior year period.

Profitability of the supermarket segment was bolstered by an increase in private-label sales which amounted to 9%, partly as a result of improved terms with suppliers.