Coles Group has reported that net sales at its Coles division – food and liquor plus convenience outlets – rose 4.2% to Aus$8.44bn (£5.44bn) in the quarter ending September 30.

Food and liquor sales were Aus$6.6bn (£ 4.25bn), up 4.9% on the previous corresponding period. Comparable food and liquor store sales rose 3.7% At its home improvement division, total sales rose 4.7% to Aus$1.8bn (£ 1.16bn).

Home improvement and office supplies managing director John Gillam said store transaction growth remained robust, reflecting a positive customer response to the evolution of the Bunnings offer.