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Australia's Woolworths says first quarter sales up 3.7 percent

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Australia's Woolworths says first quarter sales up 3.7 percent

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(Reuters) – Australian grocery giant Woolworths Ltd <WOW.AX> said on Tuesday first quarter sales rose 3.7 percent, helped by a sharp rise in Australian food sales. Total sales from continuing operations came in at A$14.52 billion (8.45 billion pounds) for the 14 weeks to Oct. 1, up from A$14.01 billion a year ago. Australian food sales rose 4.9 percent on a comparable store basis, the company said in statement.

(Reporting By Rushil Dutta in Bengaluru; Editing by Byron Kaye and Chris Reese)
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