Home Retail said sales at its Argos business fell again in its second quarter, as weak demand for electricals such as televisions and tablets persisted. 

Argos, which makes 70% of group turnover, saw sales at stores open over a year fall 2.8% in the 13 weeks to August 29.

This was better than a 3.9% first quarter decline but worse than an average analyst forecast fall of 1.8%. 

Home Retail had already warned in April first half Argos sales would fall due to weak demand and falling prices in some categories as it works through revamps to the business.

It said today that overall market conditions had been weak in August. 

Second quarter underlying sales at Home Retail's Homebase DIY business rose 5.9%, the company said. This compared to analyst expectations of a 4.1% rise.