Papa John's International has reported "a great start" to the year with systemwide domestic comparable sales for the four weeks to February 25 up 8.0%.

This was made up of a 7.8% increase at company-owned restaurants and a 9.3% rise at franchised outlets.

The company, based in Louisville, Kentucky, reported total systemwide international sales up 20.9%.

Papa John's has 2,630 restaurants in 40 states and 10 international markets, including the Perfect Pizza chain in the UK.