Australian retailer Woolworths Ltd has recorded an increase in third-quarter sales, boosted by targeted offers and a “sharpened focus” on its core business.

In the three months to the end of March, sales from continuing operations climbed to A$14.4bn (US$15.2m), an increase of 5.7% on the previous year, or by 5.2% if Easter sales were not included. 

Revenue from Woolworths’ core Australian food and liquor division were up 5.6% at A$9.42bn. Sales grew 4.9% when adjusted for the impact of Easter. Comparable-store sales increased 3.8%, or by 31.% excluding the impact of Easter.

“The momentum of the first half has continued into this quarter as a result of a sharpened focus on our core businesses and early results from work on our strategic priorities. While this progress is pleasing, there is still a lot more work to do in transforming our business,” said CEO Grant O’Brien.