Marks & Spencer today said its strategy was on track as it reported rising sales both online and offline.

The multichannel food-to-clothing retailer, an Elite trader in IRUK Top500 research, turned over £184.8m online in the first quarter of its financial year, 5.8% more than at the same time last year.

Overall group sales for the 13 weeks to July 1 came in at £2.5bn, 2.7% ahead of last time, while UK sales of £2.3bn were 2.6% ahead of last time in total, but down by 0.5% on a like-for-like (LFL) basis that strips out the effect of store openings and closures.

Clothing sales of £852.1m were down by 1.2% LFL, while food sales were down by 0.1% LFL but up by 4.5% in total.

Chief executive Steve Rowe said: “Trading in the first quarter was in line with our…