Britain's biggest pizza delivery chain, Domino's Pizza said first quarter like-for-like sales rose 9.3% as recession hit consumers continued to order in to save money instead of dining out. The chain also has 49 stores in Ireland.

Domino's said sales in its 501 established stores were up but fell below the 12.4% growth rate it delivered in the first quarter of 2008 because of this year's late Easter.

'Our underlying trading during the period continued to show good growth. We are pleased with our current performance and trading continues to progress in line with expectations,' CEO Chris Moore said.

Analysts, on average, expect the company to report a pretax profit of £26m for 2009.

The company, which operates from 563 shops and delivers to some 3 million homes annually, said it had opened 10 new stores since the beginning of the year and plans to open a further 50 outlets in 2009.