In the 17 weeks to 24 January, turnover grew 8 per cent on the same period in the previous year, which the group said it achieved 'without significant discounting'.
The group's first new opening of the financial year, Exeter, has reportedly exceeded the board's expectations and it is pressing ahead with the opening of a site in Wimbledon this month and Cardiff next. In all, Carluccio's, is aiming to open five new restaurants this year, which it says it will do without resorting to borrowing.
Its refurbishment programme of five sites was completed last month and it says it will continue with more this year.
In a trading statement it said: "The Board expects overall trading conditions to remain challenging during the current year. However, the Board firmly believes that the Company's all-day trading model, its unique restaurant and integrated retail offering and low restaurant average spend of £12.50 per head, means it is well equipped to meet these challenges.