US food service company Performance Food Group has announced a rise in sales and profit for the first quarter, ended 2 April 2005.

Consolidated net sales from continuing operations in the first quarter increased to approximately $1.4bn, a 16% increase compared to the prior year period. Net earnings from continuing operations amounted to approximately $4.7m compared to approximately $2.2 million in the year earlier period.

"We're very pleased with the strong growth of our internal sales and operating earnings in our continuing operations during the first quarter," said chairman and CEO Bob Sledd. "Our focus on service excellence and operational improvement are contributing favourably to our growth with customers."