Domino’s UK & Ireland has reported UK like-for-like sales up 4.8% for the half year to 28 June 2020.

The group switched off collection throughout the lockdown period, resulting in Q2 collection orders down 87%, while delivery orders increased by 22%

Underlying EBIT was £49.5m, down 4.1%, including £6.2m of coronavirus related costs.

Statutory profit, including loss from discontinued International operations, was £19m (H1 2019: £22.4m)

The deferred dividend for 2019, amounting to £26m in total, will now be paid on 18 September 2020.

Domino’s said under its new management team, the evolution to a digital business had been accelerated, with UK online sales up 15% and app sales up 19%. UK online sales now account for 93% of delivery sales.

Commenting on the results, CEO Dominic Paul hailed a “resilient” first half performance after the pizza brand stayed open throughout lockdown.

Acknowledging the company’s relationship with its franchisees was “challenging”, and would take some time to resolve, Paul said the performance demonstrated “what we can achieve when we work together”.

He said: “Fundamentally our interests are aligned and I am hopeful that the long-term strategic plan we are currently working on will pave the way forward for a more constructive working relationship to the benefit of all parties.”

Paul warned that despite meeting the challenges of the crisis, the macroeconomic, consumer and competitive backdrop remains uncertain.

He added: “While trading in the first few weeks of the second half has been encouraging, it is too early to conclude on how consumer behaviour will evolve.”