The figures were generally welcomed by City analysts, although some had hoped that comparable store sales would have been as much as 9 per cent ahead.
Halfords chief executive Ian McLeod said: '[Halfords] sales and service strategy has continued to deliver like-for-like sales growth in each of its key categories. We remain confident in the resilience of our business.'
The company added that, since revealing a share buy-back programme on June 8, it had spent£15.9 million on buying and cancelling 5.1 million shares at an average of 307.4p.
Share prices dipped slightly in morning trading to 338p.