Morrisons has announced a modest increase in like-for-like sales for the second consecutive quarter.

In the 13 weeks to 1 May, like-for-like sales excluding fuel increased 0.7%, while total sales fell 1.8% on the back of supermarket closures and the sale of the M local c-store chain to My Local.

In the previous quarter like-for-like sales rose by 0.1%, which followed a -2.6% drop in the third quarter of 2015/16.

Like-for-like transactions were up 3.1% in the quarter, which Morrisons attributed to a “significant” increase in sales of food to go, which rose by 17% year on year.

Chief executive David Potts said: “We are encouraged by progress across our six priorities. There is still much to do and our colleagues are working very hard to improve the shopping trip and save customers every penny we can.

“Customers are responding and satisfaction levels remain ahead of last year. We are of course pleased with a second consecutive quarter of positive LFL sales, which demonstrates our aim to stabilise trade is taking effect.”