Domino’s has reported like-for-like sales up 3.1% in the UK in its first quarter, to 31 March.

During the period, like-for-like order volumes were down 2.7%, items per order up 0.7% and price increased 5.1%.

Total UK system sales grew 4.7% in the period with online sales growing 8.5%.

The group opened 11 new stores across the UK & Ireland and closed one, taking it to a total of 1,271. Chief executive David Wild said that while there was still a healthy pipeline of new stores, openings continued to be impacted by the ongoing dispute with franchisees.

In its international division, Domino’s reported weak system sales and said it no longer expected to break even this year

The group said it had continued to drive sales through product innovation, with its new range of lower-calorie Delight pizzas being received well and more than 1.6 million Cheeseburger pizzas sold.

Wild said: “With continued like-for-like growth, the year has started well across our core UK and Republic of Ireland markets, which account for 90% of our business. Our digital expertise remains a key driver of customer engagement, with online accounting for a record 81.7% of total sales in the UK. We remain in open and ongoing dialogue with our UK franchisees, actively exploring win-win solutions for stimulating growth and new store openings.

“Internationally, performance remains disappointing and trading visibility is limited. As we outlined at the full year results, we have new management in Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, and a heightened focus on store level performance. However, given persistently weak system sales in all our International markets we no longer expect this part of our business to break-even this year. We are therefore further tightening our focus on International costs and capital deployment. We will provide a further update at our first half results.”