Greggs, the high street sandwich chain, has reported a 4.6% rise in like-for-like sales for the 24 weeks to 16 June 2007. The company said that like-for-like sales for the first 18 weeks of the period increased 4.9%, and then slowed to 3.7% in the final six weeks due to the wet weather in June. Pre-tax profit for the group climbed 18.3% to £14.8m, while total sales were up 5.2% to £256m. The company, which operates over 1,300 outlets under the Greggs and Bakers Oven brands in the UK, said that like-for-like sales in the first five weeks of the second half were up 4.1% on the previous year despite the adverse weather. However, it said that it expected trading for the second half of the year to be closer to that of the comparable period in 2006, due to significant cost increases. Sir Michael Darrington, managing director, said: “Overall, we continue to expect that this will be a year of satisfactory progress for Greggs, and that the strategic changes we are implementing will provide us with a strong platform for growth in the medium and longer term.” The company opened 22 new outlets during period and closed 17, giving it a total of 1,341 sites at 16 June. It said it remained on target to add a net 20 to 25 new sites to its portfolio over the year as a whole.