Topps Tiles has reported a 1.6% uplift in like-for-like sales in the first quarter as trading gathered pace in the run up to Christmas.

The tile specialist said growth strengthened in the final six weeks of the 13 weeks to December 29. The 1.6% uplift compares to a 4.2% fall in the same quarter in 2011.

The company said the performance was “within the range of management expectations”.

In November, the retailer reported pre-tax profit of £12.5m and a 0.7% fall in like-for-likes for the year to September 29.

Topps Tiles will report on its first half performance in late March.