The news comes after it cut prices on more than 1,000 food and grocery products including dairy, meat, fish and poultry. Like-for-like sales fell 1.6%.

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Sainsbury’s chief executive, Mike Coupe, claimed the supermarket is making progress in a tough environment for retailers and plans to make improvements in 400 stores across the UK.

“Retail markets remain highly competitive and promotional,” he said.

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GlobalData analyst Thomas Brereton added the supermarket’s premium image meant it would struggle when trying to compete on prices.