Associated British Foods, the firm behind retailer Primark and food brands such as Twinings and Ryvita, said that group revenue rose 12% in the first 16 weeks of the year.
This was helped by an "exceptional sales performance" from its Sugar and Primark divisions, which saw sales growth of 21% and 16%, respectively.
However, the group did warn that economic uncertainty, particularly in the Eurozone, along with pressure on consumers' disposable incomes would remain "key features of this financial year".
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