Record customer levels at Pets at Home have helped the retailer to grow its first half revenue by 7.3% to £727.2 million.

In the six months to 13 October, retail revenue climbed by 6.8%, with like-for-like growth of 5.9%.   

Meanwhile, vet group revenue increased by 12.4% and by 10.5% on a like for-like basis. 

However, group underlying pre-tax profit fell by 9.3% to £59.2 million, which was in line with plan, after the retailer was hit by increased freight and energy costs and rising investment in digital assets. 

Pets at Home is expecting its full year underlying pre-tax profit to be in line with analyst consensus, despite the challenging macro-economic environment. This currently stands at £131 million, with a range of £121 million to £136 million.