Sainsbury's sales up 4.4%, pre-tax profit up 7%

Supermarket Sainsbury's has posted its half-year results for the 28 weeks to 28th September 2013.

Chief executive Justin King said: "Our share of the grocery market is the highest for a decade at 16.8 per cent following 35 consecutive quarters of like-for-like sales growth.

"Whilst customers’ budgets remain tight and any recovery in the economy may take time to take effect, our consistent strategy and strong values-driven culture mean we are well placed to continue to deliver for customers, colleagues and shareholders."