Dominos UK has reported a 3.9% like for like sales growth for the 13 weeks to 29 December 2019, compared to the same period last year.

The pizza brand said this was driven by strong online sales, up 8.3% year on year. In the UK, online accounted for 92% of delivery sales and 82% of total sales.

In a continuation of the trend seen through the first nine months of the year, UK lfl orders including stores in split territories were up 0.3%, items per order were down 2.4%, but price was up 2.6%.

Total UK orders were £17.3m, up 2.3% on Q4 last year. For the year as a whole, orders were £65.3m, up 1.2% yoy.

Despite an ongoing dispute with franchisees, the brand opened 12 new franchised stores in the UK during the period. Over the year, 32 stores opened across the UK and Ireland, of which three were corporate and 29 were franchised.

The total store estate at the year-end was 1,184.

“I am pleased with the performance of our core UK and Ireland markets, with system sales up 4.4% and UK like-for-likes up 3.9%, against a strong comparative and a competitive backdrop,” said David Wild, Dominos CEO.

“This performance was driven by the power of our brand, our strong digital capabilities and the operational expertise of our franchisee partners.”