Supermarket chain Woolworths has announced a rise in sales in the third quarter ended 3 April to A$7.968m (US$5.9m), compared with $6.48m in the same period a year ago.

If the 2005 figures are adjusted to give a comparable 12 week quarter the sales were $7.11m.

"We continue to drive all aspects of our business and provide customers with a combination of greater convenience, freshness and quality, best range and consistently lower prices across all divisions," said CEO Roger Corbett.