Greggs this morning reported like-for-like sales up 5.2% for the 24 weeks to 18 June. The company, which has over 1,250 outlets throughout the UK, reported pre-tax profit for the period of £15.6m, up 15.1%. Sales increased by 9.1% to £235.9m. The group said that its £47m capital expenditure programme was "proceeding to plan", with 25 new shops opened during the period. The company plans to open a total of 50 for the full year. Sir Michael Darrington, Greggs’ managing director, said: "As expected, we have achieved a very satisfactory performance in our first half, despite the effect of increasingly demanding prior year comparatives and more volatile weather in its final weeks. "Less favourable conditions this year are reflected in slower like-for-like sales growth of 3.0% in the six weeks to 30 July. Improvement in the rate of growth will, in part, depend on resumption of more typical weather."