Like-for-like sales in food-to-go chain Greggs have risen 4.5% for the eight weeks to 24 November 2018 following bumper autumn sales.

Greggs, which has 1,900 retail outlets across the UK, reported a 9.0% rise in total sales for the eight weeks to 24 November 2018.

The company said it was now expecting full-year pre-tax profits of at least £86m in 2018, having previously anticipated profits to be similar to 2017 (£81.8m).

The company said in a statement: “This stronger trading in October and November is particularly encouraging as it builds on good comparative sales in the same period last year.

“Operational costs have been well controlled and, whilst there is still much to play for over the final few weeks of the year, the board now anticipate that full-year underlying profit before tax (excluding exceptional charges) will be at least £86m.”